EMERGENCY PREPARATION FOR THE WORKPLACE
(Resources from Be Ready Utah)
A raging wildfire couldn’t affect your agency. Or could it? What about floods? Power outages? An earthquake?
A sudden emergency may mean that there will be more demands for service, perhaps at a spectacular rate, but what about your ability to respond, or to simply function yourselves when damage is widespread or intense? How many of your employees would even be able to get to work? If some of your tools were gone, how would you get things done? Experts say that planning is the key, along with systems that will work as backups, supplies to tide you through, and common knowledge throughout your organization of what to do if disaster strikes.
Luckily, we’ve come a long way recently, in regional planning. And, many more resources are available to assist agencies and individuals in formulating the plans they need. This does not mean, of course, that specific planning for your agency and your employees is not needed and critical. Experts also say that NOW would be a terrific time to finish the preparation you have long intended to do, and to review what was prepared in the past.
Below are some online resources that should help.
Emergency Preparedness Information and Resources
Be Ready Utah: http://bereadyutah.gov/
Be Ready Utah site for workplace preparation: http://bereadyutah.gov/business/
(Includes information about loss reduction, security vulnerability, cyber issues, risk analysis, property protection, business continuity, tool kits and other valuable resources.)
Earthquake Preparedness: http://www.utah.gov/beready/earthquakePreparedness.html
Utah Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD): http://www.uvoad.utah.gov/
Citizens Corps: http://citizencorps.utah.gov/
CERT (training program that prepares you to help yourself, your family, and your neighbors in the event of a disaster) http://citizencorps.utah.gov/index.php/cert-home
EMERGENCY PLANNING / HOUSING
Every home, including apartments and condos, should have an emergency plan in place before disaster strikes. But because of the expense and time required to plan, or because building managers are sometimes not sure how to complete the plan, some apartments are without this essential planning, or there has not been a recent update. If your agency owns or manages multifamily housing buildings, this is a valuable tool for you. If you or your customers live in a multifamily building, now you can point building managers to something that will help significantly—maybe making it feasible for them to put a plan in place. The state Division of Housing and Community Development has developed a tool kit for apartment managers to easily put together an emergency plan. And, some of the materials fit for single family home emergency planning, too. The toolkit is free and downloadable. Click on the “Emergency Preparedness Summary” first.