The Importance of Emergency Response and Preparedness Programs.

Businesses can do a lot to prepare for the impact of the many hazards they face in today’s world including natural hazards like floods, hurricanes, earthquakes and widespread serious illness such as flu virus pandemics. Human caused hazards include accidents, acts of violence, terrorism and intentional sabotage of a business.

It is important to understand that the Insurance Information Institute states that 40% of the business that are affected by a disaster or serious emergency never reopen due to lack of planning.  Emergency Response and preparedness programs are built on a foundation of management leadership, commitment and financial support. Without management commitment and financial support, it will be difficult to build the program, maintain resources and keep the program up-to-date.  This all brings one thing in to place, a profitable or effectively functioning business.

SCS Safety Health and Security Associates LLC will assist your business in developing and managing Emergency Response Plans and Preparedness measures to address the impact of many hazards that your business may encounter. 

Our intricate approach will provide an organized procedure to mitigate the smallest and largest emergencies that your business will encounter. SCS will use the standards set by the NFPA – National Fire Protection Association, OSHA – Occupational Health and Safety Administration, International Fire Codes, LEPC – Local Emergency Planning Commissions and US EPA – United State Environmental Protection Agency to provide your organization with a five step preparedness program.

1.  Program Management – Organize, develop and administer your preparedness program.

Identify regulations that establish minimum requirements for your compliance.

2.  Planning – Gathering information about the hazards related to your business and surrounding areas of your business operations.

  • Conduct an assessment of risks.
  • Conduct business impact analysis.
  • Examine ways to prevent and reduce risk and possible losses.

3.  Implementation – Write a preparedness plan to address the flowing.

  • Resource management
  • Emergency Response
  • Crisis management
  • Business continuity
  • Information technology
  • Employee assistance.
  • Incident Management
  • Training

4.  Testing and Exercises – Test and evaluate the plans provided.

Define different types of exercises

Use exercise results to evaluate the effectiveness of the plan and businesses response.

5.  Program Improvement – Identify needs for review of the plans and programs.

Discover methods to evaluate the program during training’s and real life emergencies.

Utilize the evaluation process to make necessary changes and improvements to the plans and training programs.     

SCS Safety Health and Security’s Best Practice Programs will help to protect your business through Prevention and Education.  You can’t afford to not afford us. 

Written by:  Douglas P. Skinner  BS, NRP, NCEE