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Implementation of a Business Emergency Preparedness Plan

The most important aspects of effective implementation of a emergency preparedness program fro your business include indentifying, assessing and allocating resources, developing a written plan, implementing systems to effectively manage incidents and training employees so that they know how to correctly implement your preparedness plan.

  • Resource Management - The first step is to identify and assess resources that will be required in order to respond to an emergency, communite during and after an incident and continue business operations following an incident.

  • Emergency Response Plan - Your emergency response plan is precisely that, a plan designed to protect your employees, property and operations should your business confront an incident or disaster. The plan should address your evacuation strategy, sheltering in place, lockdown of facilities, as well as specific plans for each threat/hazard you identified during the risk assessment.

  • Crisis Communications Plan - This plan will focus on how you will communicate with employees, customers, media and other stakeholders during and following an incident.

  • Business Continuity Plan - The business continuity plan focuses on developing strategies for recovering from and/or overcoming the disruption of business due to a natural or man-made disaster.

  • Information Technology Disaster Recovery Plan - This plan focuses specifically on recovering from loss or damage to computer hardware, electronic data and connectivity that are used to support critical business systems and processes.

  • Employee Assistance & Support - Part of the emergency preparedness planning process for you business should include helping your employees and their families to develop individual preparedness plans that will help them confront and recover from an incident.

  • Incident Management - Part of an effective preparedness plan for you business should include the development of an incident management system that defines individual and group responsibilities and coordinates activites before, during and after an incident.

  • Employee and Participant Training - Anyone involved in the execution of a business preparedness plan should receive training on how to perform their function. Every employ should be trained to take appropriate action during and after an incident.

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