Emergency Operations Plan
Emergency preparedness is vital to ensure a disaster response is not impeded by disorganization or miscommunication. Remaining calm and moving confidently through the wilds of a crisis are much easier when you have a map. And that is exactly what an emergency operations plan is — a mapping of the best course of action during an emergency.
Most businesses with employees are required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to have a plan for evacuation and emergency procedures on site. Different sectors have different standards for emergency planning.
Regardless of the standard used, an emergency operations plan concretely defines what an organization will do to minimize disruptions in services when a disaster occurs. The potential disasters an administrator must consider when planning vary depending on the location of the organization.
In the West, wildfire evacuation routes or smoke mitigation strategies might be in an emergency operations plan, while the Gulf Coast states need to include procedures for evacuation in case of a hurricane. Some threats loom over all locations: a viral pandemic, acts of terror, political unrest, and natural disasters. Planning for all of these events, even if the chances of their occurrence seem remote, should be viewed as an investment in the future.
An emergency operations plan includes a written plan for communications and obtaining accurate information. An incident command structure should be established describing roles and responsibilities and defining to whom staff should report. For hospitals, the structure must be congruent with the command structures of local public health and safety agencies, which will notify healthcare organizations of potential threats and coordinate relief efforts after a disaster occurs.
Regulations will also shape an emergency operations plan, as some businesses may need to notify government officials if an emergency has occurred on site. Following these regulations could save lives — not to mention money in fines — so businesses should know the agencies that govern emergency planning for their industry.
Once an emergency operations plan has been written, it must be practiced and, if necessary, modified in response to feedback. Drills are a key component of emergency preparedness. Members of the organization should run through every disaster scenario the plan covers and evaluate its performance.
This template will primarily be useful to health and safety professionals. You can use the slides in this template to help you prepare your contingency plan. You can also use the slides in this template to prepare instructions and tests for company employees.
Emergency workers can use the slides in this template to prepare information for the public on how to behave in a variety of emergencies.
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