By: Alicia McCleve
The natural disasters occurring in recent weeks have caused me to evaluate what I would do if I was thrown into a similar situation. Growing up my family had a plan of what to do when a disaster happened, but that plan was always geared to if we were at home. I have come to understand that only a small portion of my day is spent in my own home and that having a plan for all sorts of situations is a good idea.
One great thing about Aribex is they like to be prepared. We recently went through several half hour trainings on what to do in different emergency situations and I was appreciative of the concern for our well-being that was shown in making sure a plan was in place for all employees and any guests that might be present during an emergency situation.
So now the question is, are you prepared? Here are a few tips on ways you can easily prepare your office for an emergency situation.
□ First. Make a plan. This might be easier said than done depending on the size of your office, but is necessary to being prepared for any natural disaster. How will you track patients? Who will be responsible for making sure everyone is accounted for when evacuating the building? These are just a few questions that you should address when making your plan. There are a multitude of resources on the Internet that can assist you in making sure you have all your bases covered.
□ Second. Train your employees. Natural disasters are not usually calm affairs and the best way to try and keep panic levels down is to be sure that your employees are trained on what the plan is during an emergency situation.
□ Third. Practice, practice, practice. It’s true what they that practice makes perfect. Be sure to practice your plan. Having drills will show you any holes, kinks or flaws that might be in your plan that can then be worked out and fixed before an actual emergency.
□ Fourth. Let your customers know about your plan. Be sure to post signs of your evacuation plan around your office so that if a customer is not with an employee at the time of an evacuation they know where to go. Use Social Media to let your customers know that you are thinking ahead and have plans “just in case.” Your customers will feel more at ease knowing that you are prepared in case of an emergency.