To ensure employee safety, business continuity, regulatory compliance, and environmental responsibility, companies must dedicate efforts to developing an effective emergency management program. Financial restraints, combined with a “it won’t happen to me” mentality often destroy a corporate preparedness commitment. However, neglecting the concept of a potential worst case scenario or daily operational risks can be detrimental to a company. Accidents, man-made and natural disasters, human error, and equipment failures occur throughout the world on a daily basis. Companies need to embrace the “not if, but when” discourse of response planning.
Below is a compilation of blogs that address emergency and disaster preparedness, from training and fire pre planning to demobilization and post-incident reviews. The information contained in these the blogs can be used to enhance preparedness efforts and reinforce safety, security, and regulatory compliance.
Initial Planning Efforts: Corporate preservation and resilience requires planning. Preparedness can ensure response processes and procedures are in place to protect employees, the environment, and company assets, while minimizing the effects of an incident, sustaining or recovering operations, and complying with regulatory requirements. Every company is unique and requires site risk analysis, specific employee training, and tailored plans to suit their particular needs, in the event of an incident, disaster, crisis, or disruption. Although circumstances are unique to the needs of each company, the following blogs provide planning initiatives that may be applicable:
- Hazardous Material Response Team Training Requirements
- Emergency Response Team Roles and Responsibilities
- Business Impact Analysis for Risk Mitigation
- Facility Risk Management Planning
- The Responsibility of Oil Spill Response: The Qualified Individual
Plan Types: Companies are unique in terms of geographic location, personnel, type of operations, and management approach. As a result, various plan types may be required to address various hazards and regulatory requirements. Specific risks and threats are unique to company, industry, region, and enterprise operations and should be addressed through site-specific plans. Below is a sampling of blogs detailing various plan types that are utilized:
- Pre Fire Plan Checklist
- The Four Phases of a Business Continuity Plan
- Emergency Planning for Natural Disasters
- SPCC and Oil Contingency Plans
- Corporate Level Emergency Management Plans
Initial Response: Understanding the process and procedures set forth in the response plans, as well as the management of those plans, dictate the initial effectiveness of a response. Executing an effective response can be a complex process of managing multiple simultaneous elements to ensure a swift and success recovery. Response actions require flexibility, ongoing communication, command unity, resource management, and more. The blogs below address various topics that reflect the procedural and managerial response aspects associated in specific incidents:
- Disaster Management Planning Details
- Top 10 Checklist for Confined Space Entry
- 10 Commonly used Incident Management Forms
- Real-Time Incident Management Speeds Up Incident Response
- Seven HAZWOPER Training Categories and Response Capabilities
Post Incident: Once an incident is concluded, it is vital to conduct a thorough and objective response evaluation. A post incident review is one of the most neglected aspects of preparedness, yet it can enhance and strengthen a company’s response management and recovery operations. Response assessments should be all-inclusive, from preparedness to demobilization, and reveal strengths, weaknesses, and concerns based upon organizational and institutional standards. Collaborative industrial and historical lessons learned should be continually reflected in preparedness planning. Utilizing the knowledge of employees, experts, and those involved in previous incidents can streamline response measures for future situations.
- 10 Points for a Post Incident Management Critique
- Crisis Management Reviews Identify Deficiencies
- The Emergency Response Plan- Demobilization and Post Incident Review
- 5 Key Point to Review in Facility Emergency Operations Plans
- Use "Lessons Learned" to Improve Emergency Response
For tips and best practices on designing a crisis management program, download Best Practices for Crisis Management.