June focuses on National Safety Month with the National Safety Council. This is a wonderful opportunity to focus on safety topics for work and personal life. Each week of June will focus on a different safety topic. This first week looks at emergency preparedness which aligns with the start of hurricane season as of June 1st. While none of us in Southeast Texas want to relive another hurricane, so close to Hurricane Harvey, it is important to stay prepared and have a plan. However, emergency preparedness encompasses topics other than hurricane preparedness.
One opportunity this week is to evaluate what kind of emergency your office may face. From medical emergencies to natural disasters, think about what could come up and how your employees should respond. Did you know that less than half of U.S. workers know first aid, according to the American Heart Association? And only 50% of workers know where to find an automated external defibrillator! Some office staff may assume a coworker has training and then rely on untrained staff during an emergency. It can be beneficial to take the time to train staff on first aid and CPR on a regular basis.
Back to hurricane preparedness, if you have not already done so, talk to your leadership team about being prepared for a hurricane and other natural disasters. Here are some questions to ask yourselves:
- Do you have a disaster preparedness plan?
- What are critical processes for the business to continue during and after a hurricane or other disaster?
- Do you have a communication plan to employees?
- Have you identified who should report to the office under certain weather conditions?
- Do your employees know who they should report to when deciding if they can safely come in to work?
- Is your insurance up-to-date and does it cover all of your needs? And do you have copies of these documents in a safe place?
- What assets are most valuable to damage during an event and how can you safeguard them?
Answers to these questions can look different for every business depending on the size and type of business. Some companies may have additional questions depending on their role in the community and services they offer. Overall, it is important to communicate these thoughts and plans to the team so everyone is aware of action steps and feel prepared.
One Team. One Vision. One Goal. – Everyone Goes Home Safe!