Would your Business Survive a Disaster?
It’s time to check your facility’s emergency and evacuation plans to make sure they are accurate and up to date! Don't have an emergency and evacuation plan? Let us help you make one!
A BUSINESS PLAN…For Fire Emergencies
An emergency escape plan is not required for all businesses; however, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), recommends building an emergency action plan to protect yourself, your employees, and your business during an emergency. OSHA suggests the following steps when developing such a plan.
- Organize an Emergency Preparedness Procedures review with employees to review your company’s emergency plans. You may wish to select an individual or team of individuals to lead and coordinate your emergency plan.
- Once a plan is developed, post evacuation procedures, including routes and exits, where they are easily accessible to all employees. Ensure all exits and routes are clearly marked and well lit, (wide enough to accommodate the number of evacuating personnel) and unobstructed and clear of debris at all times.
- Conduct office evacuation exercises and drills. Designate a safe spot outside of the facility where employees can regroup, recover, and conduct a head count. Once completed, evaluate how well the plan worked and if additional training or exercises are needed.
The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) will help ensure you are “Ready for whatever happens.” In the event of any emergency, the ERP can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contacts, shut-off valve locations and priority areas. This is a no cost community outreach program we offer. Give us a call at 703-583-8484 if you’d like us to establish an ERP for your facility or if you would like further information.
As always, we’re here to help make it “Like it never even happened."