Nobody expects an emergency or disaster – especially one that affects them, their employees and their business personally. Yet the simple truth is that emergencies and disasters can strike anyone, anytime and anywhere. You and your employees may be forced to evacuate your facility when you least expect it. A workplace emergency is an unforeseen situation that threatens your employees, customers or the public. It may disrupt or shut down your operations. It may cause physical or environmental damage. Emergencies may be natural or man-made. They include events such as the following:
The best way to prepare is to know what you will do before it happens. Few people can think clearly and logically in a crisis. Because of this it is important to plan in advance to establish in advance how you will respond in an emergency.
Start by brainstorming to come up with the worst-case scenarios. Ask yourself what you would do if the worst happened. What if a fire broke out in your boiler room? Or hurricane force winds hit your building? Or a train carrying hazardous waste derailed as it was passing your loading dock? Once you have identified potential emergencies, consider how they might affect you and your workers, and how you would respond.
For information on additional resources, contact the Office of Emergency Management at: 303.326.7636 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org