If your business is looking to start building a comprehensive business continuity program, Preparis is here to help with our 7 Steps To Preparedness eBook and 7 Steps Checklist. The 7 steps concept is a great way to introduce and maintain a culture of preparedness within an organization. The first of the 7 steps is conducting a risk assessment – to be prepared, it is vital for your organization to understand the threats that your locations could face. There are four key perspectives to consider for each of your organization’s locations:
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) mandates certain industries must have specific items in their first aid kit. But for most offices, a first aid kit won’t be enough in the event of a fire, tornado, or other threat. Do you know the location of the emergency equipment in your office? These items should be placed in an area where the whole team can access it immediately in the event of a crisis.
Companies in office environments may have a tougher time recognizing when they are in violation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) rules. Employers are legally obligated to provide a safe workplace for their employees. Any employee can report an instance of potentially unsafe working conditions to OSHA. For businesses in industries such as manufacturing, medical, food service, or retail, OSHA’s standards should already be in place to prevent hazardous working conditions.
Twitter can be a good source of information, if you follow the right people. I think the best thing you can do in Twitter is follow other people that have the same passion as you. That way you can always stay up-to-date in emergency preparedness. We also have a Twitter account that’s worth following, which you can find here.
Maintaining a tactical and effective business continuity/crisis preparedness plan presents a certain level of difficulty and dedication when communicating with in-house employees. But what about when an employee works remotely? Communicating important timely information becomes exponentially more difficult for a dispersed workforce. Effective emergency communications with remote employees can be a vital resource in maintaining business continuity and productivity when a disaster or crisis strikes.