Emergency notification is crucial for all industries, especially education. Having the ability to keep students, faculty, staff and parents updated throughout any potential incident is invaluable. However, emergency preparedness is more than messaging and schools and universities need to be taking steps in order to ensure that life safety continues to be their number one priority. In order to achieve this, schools have to think beyond emergency notification. Training staff, implementing crisis teams, performing tabletop exercises, testing and updating Emergency Action Plans (EAPs) are all key aspects of ensuring life safety for your school.
Going Beyond Emergency Notification
In order to make sure that your school or university is prepared for any unexpected incident, you have to be taking the proper steps to ensure life safety. This means going beyond having just an emergency notification system.
Here are a few ways to better prepare your school for any type of incident:
- Training Faculty and Staff – When you have staff that has been trained on how to handle emergencies, there is a quicker reaction time and less chaos. This increases the chances of your staff having the ability to quickly mitigate the situation, as well as reduces human error, as this often makes the incident worse. With Preparis, you have 24/7/365 access to interactive, online based training and tabletop exercises to help you ensure that during an emergency your faculty and staff will know exactly how to quickly and efficiently handle the incident.
- Implementing Crisis Teams – In addition to training your staff, it’s also important to make sure that there is a designated crisis team within your school or university. By having a set crisis team you will alleviate the stress of trying to figure out who is responsible for what during an emergency. Having a designated crisis team with each individual having set responsibilities and roles, you will also save time and confusion.
- Testing and Updating Plans – One of the best ways to ensure that your school is prepared for an emergency is to never let your EAP or Business Continuity Plan (BCP) become outdated. By testing and reviewing your plans, you will be able to see whether or not there are gaps and if you need to make adjustments. It is good practice to test and review your plans once or twice a year in order to ensure that they are up to date. Preparis offers Life Safety and Business Continuity plan building and testing to help you ensure that your school’s EAP and BCP is not only compliant with state, local and federal regulations, but up to date as well by offering annual plan review, maintenance and testing.
- Cloud-Based Document Storage – Another key aspect of ensuring life safety for your school or university is moving away from binder storage and implementing a cloud-based document storage system. By using a cloud-based system instead of binder storage, you and your staff will have 24/7/365 access to all critical plans and documents, regardless of location. This way, during an emergency everyone will have access to documents from any mobile device, tablet or laptop.
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For more information on how Preparis can help ensure life safety for your school or university, request a demo today.