Emergency planning is not just a government or personal responsibility. Business and industry facilities must also have preparedness plans to ensure continuity of operations; to mitigate hazards inherent in their operations, location, or structures; and to prevent economic losses. Business emergency plans will discuss the most likely hazards in their community and industry. The following are a few suggestions for items that should be included in any business emergency plan:
24 Hour contact information for management and employees
Hazards existing in the workplace
Procedures for mitigating or eliminating hazards found in workplace (i.e. chemicals, common practices, etc.)
Procedures for responding to a variety of incidents (include natural disasters, hazardous materials, criminal incidents, etc.)
Recovery plan to return your business to regular operations
Businesses that already have a plan can use the FEMA Guide to analyze, update, and maintain their current plan. Properly exercising the plan will provide information concerning the complete, appropriate, and effective nature of the current plan.
Contact the Office of Emergency Management to receive further information, or to coordinate with government resources for exercise and testing your plan.