Protect Against Life-threatening Circumstances
Once you’ve taken stock of all possible dangers, evaluate which dangers
have the potential to put lives in danger. The first step of your
emergency response plan should be to address these threats.
As each emergency has its own nuances, it’ll be helpful to create a
flowchart-styled response plan. For example, in the event of a fire,
you’ll want to have an evacuation plan, whereas in the event of an
intruder, you’ll want to have a lock-down plan.
With most emergencies, you’ll want to either evacuate the scene, take
shelter, or secure the building. Here are some resources that can help you
plan for each emergency response protocol.
Once you’ve developed a mitigation plan for life-threatening emergencies,
you’ll need to think about how you’ll communicate effectively in the
stress of the moment. You’ll want to have a plan for how to communicate
both internally and externally.
Internally, you’ll need to set up training days to prepare staff and
faculty. Communicating your response plan through drills is one of the
most effective ways to prepare employees for emergency situations.
Additionally, you’ll need to have a communication plan for when the
emergency occurs. Do you have an intercom, fire alarm system, etc.? How
will employees and patrons know what to do amidst the chaos?
Externally, you’ll want to prepare the information you’ll need to deliver
to an emergency dispatcher. Police and fire departments will be able to
help your organization much more effectively if you are prepared to give
them the information they require.