As Technical Response Planning Corporation looks forward to 2016 and its 21st year of innovation and service, we would like to share our subscribers’ “Top Ten” blogs from 2015. While the topics vary, the goal of each blog is to provide a resourceful, informative article that guides professionals in developing effective, compliant, cohesive, and world-class response plans. We hope corporate and facility emergency managers, first responders, and industrial safety professionals can utilize these blogs to advance emergency management, preparedness initiatives, and safety efforts in 2016.
TRP's “Top Ten” 2015 blog articles include:
10. Why Real-Time Incident Management Systems are Now EXPECTED!: Instantaneous access to communication and information is becoming ingrained in many corporate communication structures. As a result, real-time technology must be applied to Incident Management methodology. From the moment an incident is discovered, the response process of information gathering, assessments, response coordination, and documentation should not be halted by the communication barriers of the past.
9. The Importance of Response Plan Training for the First Responder: The rapid mobilization and proficiency of initial actions, as well as response procedure familiarity is essential in order to minimize potential chaos, scenario consequences, and plausible chain-reaction events. This blog highlights best practices for initial response actions and details the awareness and operational levels of training.
8. MITIGATION: The Ever-Present Emergency Management Tool: This blog identifies objectives for mitigation implementations and highlights response planning mitigation measures. It is impractical to believe that companies can spend relentlessly on emergency management mitigation efforts. This blog includes discussion points for identifying and prioritizing mitigation directives to ensure the best possible emergency management practices are in place.
7. Tips for Merging Response Plan Templates and ICS: This blog identifies 12 template topics and 15 ICS features that should be integrated within site-specific response plans. By integrating up-to-date, site-specific response plans, company EHS protocols, and Incident Command System (ICS) components, response operations can be streamlined and coherent without being hindered by jurisdictional boundaries
6. EPA Fines Multiple Companies for SPCC Plan Violations: This blog highlights a series of companies that received EPA fines related to SPCC deficiencies. This blog emphasizes the reality that costs associated with effective emergency management, planning efforts, and overall spill prevention are often much less than the costs associated with fines, spill clean-up, and other civil liabilities.
5. 6 Goals of Effective Corporate Emergency Management Communication: It is essential that companies establish and train employees on their specific workplace emergency communications protocols in order to attain effective communication. This blog includes foundations of effective emergency communications and strategies that elevate the process.
4. Company Fire Pre-Plans and Response Planning for Storage Tank Facilities: This blog highlights storage tank specifications necessary for fire pre-planning, as well as response planning components specific to facilities with on-site storage tanks. In order for companies to sustain effective response plans, site-specific tank and facility details must be incorporated into the response plan. This blog also includes discussion points for storage tank facility site control, firefighting, and containment.
3. Common Response Planning Mistakes in Industrial Fire Pre-Plans: After 20 years of providing world-class fire pre-plans and consulting services, our experts have seen similar prevailing fire pre-planning oversights. This blog reveals three of the top Industrial Fire Pre-Planning mistakes and reveals methods to avoid them.
2. Why Test Preparedness and Response Plans with Tabletop Exercises?: Exercises are an essential part of emergency management. Best practices dictate that exercises improve overall readiness and capabilities of your emergency response program. This blog identifies the various benefits associated with conducting tabletop exercises, as well as exercise planning considerations.
1. 7 Corporate Social Media Strategies for Incident Management: As social media becomes a widely acceptable means of communication, emergency managers must adjust communications plans to include methods for assessing and distributing communication through this popular and instantaneous method. Companies must be tuned into the vast digital network of social chatter. This blog highlights seven critical components of a communication plan that should be incorporated into social media conversations.