New Year’s resolutions are a great way to start fresh and keep yourself motivated, whether that’s to eat better, exercise more or focus on staying organized. However, while you are reflecting on last year and how you can personally improve in the year to come, you can and should make new year’s resolutions for your business. Emergency preparedness is a great place to start. The new year will give you an opportunity to evaluate how your business handled business disruptions in 2017, find gaps and take a closer look at your plans to determine whether or not they need updates.

Here are a few ways you can make emergency preparedness your New Year’s Resolution:

  1. Review and Update Your Plans: The first step towards making emergency preparedness a priority in 2018 is to review your current Emergency Action Plan (EAP) and Business Continuity Plan (BCP). Throughout the year, many aspects of your business can change. Whether that is the number of people who are employed, structural changes to the building or even building relocation. Once you have identified the aspects of your plans that no longer apply, you can go through and update your plans to ensure that you remain compliant with all federal, state and local regulations as well as keep your employees, tenants and clients safe. It is good practice to update your plans once or twice a year.
  2. Re-train Employees: In order to ensure that your employees are familiar with how to handle unexpected situations, you should provide on-going emergency training for employees so they are able to familiarize themselves with how to respond to certain situations. This helps to ensure that they don’t forget proper protocol.

To learn about the interactive, online-based trainings offered by Preparis, click here.

  1. Test Your Emergency Notification System and Plans: If your business does not have to use your emergency notification system or plans often, then it’s difficult to know whether or not they are working. The new year is a great time to send out test messages to make sure that the system is working properly. In addition, performing fire, tornado and other drills can help you test your EAP to make sure that the plan you have in place is still the most effective response for that specific situation. This is also great practice for employees to better familiarize themselves with how to evacuate or shelter-in-place.
  2. Evaluate Your Crisis Team: With employees all taking different steps in their careers, there might be changes made to your crisis team from one year to the next. Take the time at the beginning of the year to make sure that your crisis team is well-established. If someone has left the company, make sure to move their responsibilities to someone else to make sure you don’t find yourself without a crisis team during a disaster.

By taking the time at the beginning of the year to re-evaluate your emergency preparedness efforts at your business, you will be taking proactive steps towards ensuring the safety of your business and employees.

To learn how Preparis can help you make emergency preparedness your new year’s resolution, click here.