Extreme weather has and always will be considered a major hazard within the realm of emergency management professionals. With little warning, the weather has a long history of impacting public safety and property operations
For most Ontario facility managers however, the vast benefits in using emergency management plans for extreme weather are only now being recognized. If we look beyond the obvious life safety benefits, these plans are also required to ensure employee safety and significantly aid in business continuity.
Business disruptions caused by extreme weather vary from workplace safety concerns, power failures, facility equipment / system failures, property damage, communication failures, and flooding.
Facility managers are quickly turning to the internationally recognized principals of emergency management, applying them to daily operations within their organization in order to prepare, mitigate and recover from these interruptions. Organizations are now asking the right questions in advance of emergencies to better prepare their workplace, and of course recover from interruptions, faster than their competitors – positively impacting the bottom line.
On behalf of National Life Safety Group I present only some of those questions that can raise your level of preparedness, achieve unprecedented due diligence, protect your employees and corporate reputation during extreme weather emergencies.
If your organization is responsible for a public place, is there someone dedicated to monitor for potential Public Safety Alerts issued by municipal and provincial authorities? – The media for safety news bulletins that may impact your facility?
If your organization is responsible for managing a public place, not only are you responsible for your team of employees, you are in general responsible for the safety and security of the public within that public space.
If your organization is responsible for a public place, are you obligated under due diligence to notify the occupants of the public safety alert?
This is an excellent question that is needed to be asked within your organization, prior to an emergency.
Does your organization have emergency plans in order to notify Contractors working under your supervision of the extreme weather hazards in (or just outside) the workplace?
Having Emergency Management plans that address supervisory actions in the event of extreme weather allows your organization to proactively achieve health and safety compliances in advance of emergencies.
Does your organization have emergency management plans that allow for a quick recovery from power failures, critical system failures, property damage, and flooding?
Organizations throughout Canada are constantly in search of areas where their operations will have an “edge” in their service over their competitors. A quicker recovery allows you to focus on your business and your customers – Faster than your competitors, and protects your reputation.
Do your facility managers have an emergency plan to action in the event of an advanced warning of extreme weather?
There are at least 20 proactive action items that your organization can complete that will positively impact public safety and facility operations – including costs.
Does your organization have pre-scripted messaging for emergency announcements through Public Announcement (PA) Systems and / or corporate e-mail for emergency announcements?
Crisis communications plans are a vital component for any workplace’s Health & Safety program. They are a proved method in meeting notification requirements and protecting corporate reputation.
If you have answered “No” to any of the above, then there may be gaps in your Health, Safety and Emergency Management Programs.
National Life Safety Group
NLS Group is a team of facility fire safety and crisis management experts established to ensure greater public safety. We uniquely achieve this by utilizing leadership and experience from both the private, and public sector, utilizing the principles of emergency management in everyday business and facility operations.