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The four steps of emergency planning

Every year, disasters wreak havoc on businesses and industry, costing lives and money. However, something can be done. If businesses and industries plan ahead, they can limit injuries and damage and return to normal operations more quickly.

Step 1: Implementing organizational measures

In order to achieve the objectives of emergency planning, it is recommended to proceed to the following:

  • Establish a planning team.

  • Form a team.

  • Establish authority.

  • Issue a mission statement.

  • Establish a schedule and budget.

Step 2: Look into the capabilities and risks

  • Examine internal policies and plans.

  • Collaborate with outside organizations.

  • Recognize codes and regulations.

  • Determine the most critical products, services, and operations.

  • Determine your organization’s internal resources and capabilities.

  • Locate external resources.

  • Conduct a review of your insurance coverage.

  • Make a list of potential emergencies.

  • Calculate the likelihood of each emergency.

  • Determine the potential human impact.

  • Consider the potential impact on property.

  • Evaluate the potential commercial impact.

  • Evaluate both internal and external resources.

  • Establish priorities for planning and resource allocation.

Step 4: Implement the plan

  • Take action on the recommendations of the assessments.

  • Incorporate the plan into the company’s operations.

  • Carry out training.

  • As needed, evaluate and modify the plan.