Office Creepers have been in the news recently (and we’re not talking about the creepy guy who works on the 2nd floor). An Office Creeper is an individual who enters your building dressed as a typical employee or visitor but intendeds to steal or rob individuals at your workplace.
In our 7 Steps to Preparedness, we discuss how these steps are all stepping stones to developing emergency preparedness plans. The first six of the 7 steps include:
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:
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:
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.