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Your Complete Checklist for Emergency Preparedness in the Workplace

By Shannon Arnold on Mar 3, 2020

You may not be able to predict when emergencies will strike, but you can plan for them. In fact, developing an emergency preparedness plan is one of the most important strategic decisions a business can make. Taking a few simple steps today can save lives in the future and ensure your business's survival.

Many jurisdictions have laws requiring a degree of emergency preparedness in the workplace. But doing the minimum required by law often isn’t enough to ensure a business’s survival in the face of an emergency. In fact, the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) found that 40-60 percent of businesses never reopen after their first disaster.

In this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know about emergency preparedness in the workplace. We’ll point you to the legislated requirements in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K., as well as provide you with a comprehensive 7-step checklist you can use to develop your own emergency action plan:

  1. Assemble the correct stakeholders
  2. Conduct an emergency threat assessment
  3. Develop your core EAP procedures
  4. Outline EAP personnel responsibilities
  5. Train personnel on your EAP
  6. Identify procedures that can be automated
  7. Review your plan annually

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Automated Roll Call & Mustering Solutions Protect Staff

By Shannon Arnold on May 2, 2017

The best way to protect your business against emergencies is with preparation. Emergency situations can happen unexpectedly and at any time. Your staff—especially your emergency response team—needs to divide its attention among a large number of equally important tasks, like first aid, emergency shutdown procedures, and even basic roll call of evacuees.

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