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7 Steps to Preparedness – Step #6: Practice Emergency Plans

7 Steps to Preparedness – Step #6: Practice Emergency Plans

The 7 Steps to Preparedness are useless if your team can’t remember what to do in a crisis. It’s essential to establish a culture of emergency preparedness in your organization by practicing regularly so the entire team knows their roles in incident management. As a crisis manager, you may ask yourself, “How often should I practice my emergency plans?” An annual fire drill is not enough. Make sure your organization’s program includes:

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7 Steps to Preparedness – Step #5: Establishing an Emergency Notification System

7 Steps to Preparedness – Step #5: Establishing an Emergency Notification System

During and after a crisis, communication is absolutely critical in ensuring employee safety. Your organization must have the ability to communicate with employees, crisis and department team members, and executives in a timely and reliable manner. Whether created in-house or through working with a partner like Preparis, your emergency notification systems should include several features:

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7 Steps to Preparedness – Step #4: Critical Document Management

7 Steps to Preparedness – Step #4: Critical Document Management

In the event of a crisis, you have to ensure your team can access the emergency plans they have been trained upon. However, a “binder on the shelf” is useless if you are not near it during a crisis, or if it is destroyed during a disaster. Having your critical documents stored electronically makes them easily accessible to your crisis team and the individual contributors at the front lines of handling a crisis. These documents should include Emergency Response Plans, Business Continuity Plans, crisis communications plans, floor plans and emergency contact lists.

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