Social media platforms are becoming even more useful.
Recent events have proven that social media is a valid source to stay in contact with emergency managers, organizations, and the public. This is not only great for gathering information during a crisis, but it also works in the event you need to get in touch with anyone. During the Boston Bombings, there were multiple mixed stories from the media. That is when the Boston Police Department took to Twitter to ensure that the public knew the facts. By doing so, they were able to make sure the city of Boston stayed safe.
Update your stuff.
Your emergency kits need to stay stocked and if anything is expired, it must be replaced. Contact lists need to be updated annually or whenever there is a change. Emergency action plans must stay current. If anything is outdated, you could be in a bind when an emergency occurs. Do you have every tenant’s current contact information? Is your emergency evacuation plan up-to-date?
There’s more than one disaster you need to prepare for.
Having a fire extinguisher in your building is good. Having an evacuation plan is even better. But are you ready for it all? Are you ready for workplace violence, floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, cyber threats, health scares, and more? Take an all-hazards approach and be ready for any disaster that can strike.
Practice, practice, practice.
The old adage that “practice makes perfect” is completely true. It is imperative that everyone in your building knows the right actions to take when a disaster happens. Fire drills are important. Testing emergency notification systems is necessary.
Small steps help…and can even be fun!
Through 30 Days 30 Ways, an event resembling a scavenger hunt to assure preparedness through social media, we learned that making preparedness fun helps others learn and become more engaged. Each day, a new lesson was taught and slowly, but surely people began to update their procedures and kits. Our Yeti even got involved! See a recap of the tasks here.
It is important that the learning and the practice does not stop once NPM is over. Visit Preparis University for more ways to be prepared in various emergency scenarios. Start by downloading our 7 Steps to Preparedness Checklist to become #YetiReady. Keep up with our Yeti and learn more about life safety, follow us on Twitter: @Preparis