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Friday, November 10, 2017

How Emergency Management Can Fit into Businesses While Taking the Burden off HR

Guest Post By Kendall Herbert, Emergency Management Specialist

Accidents, Emergencies, and Natural Disasters happen every day, and their repercussions can affect everyone. Emergency managers are the experts who assist work centers and businesses to prepare for, respond to, and recover from a wide range of emergencies that could happen. Some insight they offer are:
·       Preparedness: Informing and preparing employees for any type of hazard they could encounter, such as natural or man-made disasters. As the saying goes “Failing to prepare, is preparing to fail” via Benjamin Franklin.
·       Planning: Many plans and procedures can be created to lessen the impact from disasters. Some typical plans include:
o   Business Continuity Plan: This will be a guideline for how business will be conducted when an incident or accident occurs.
o   Evacuation Plans: When there is a fire or other emergency, employees need to know how to evacuate the work center and rendezvous in the designated safe meeting place.
o   Evaluating Risks: Every location is different and so are the risks. These variables can factor in potential vulnerabilities that could affect a business. Some examples are earthquakes, hurricanes, or railyard accidents.
o   Mutual Aid Agreements (MAA) / Mutual Understanding Agreements (MUA): MAAs and MUAs are used between different organizations to assist one another throughout the entire incident.
·       Recovery: After an incident occurs, everything will not magically fix itself. Emergency mangers create plans and understand how to get the ball rolling during the recovery operations.
·       Mitigation: This is used to limit the effects or losses during incidents and makes it easier to recover.

Emergency managers are an asset to all organizations all shapes or sizes. Nobody has the ability to stop disasters from happening, but emergency managers will utilize their knowledge to help businesses prepare for the inevitable, and have a smoother recovery process. Businesses can have emergency managers in place to prepare, plan, and recover from these emergencies, and in return would allow everyone to get back to work sooner. Who wants to say no to more time working, quicker recovery processes, and less damages?

How prepared is your organization?