Do You Have A Disaster Plan?
A disaster plan doesn’t have to be complicated to be effective. Here is the basic information you will need. Make sure you record this information in a document that is stored in a prominent place and that the plan is known by all employees. You never know when disaster might strike.
1. Record and prominently display telephone numbers and addresses of the nearest emergency services, along with the location of the nearest telephone.
- Hospital and Ambulance
- Police Station
- Fire Brigade
- State Emergency Service
- Electricity Utility
- Gas Utility
- Water Utility
2. Make sure all exits are clearly marked
3. Be aware of, and comply with, Department of Health requirements for public halls
4. Develop an Emergency Evacuation procedure. Decide where people can safely assemble in case of fire, gas leak, toxic emissions, earthquake, hostage/siege, bomb threat, etc. Test your evacuation procedure at least once a year.
5. Be aware of, and comply with Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Laws and Food Handling Laws in your State and Local Government area.
6. Ensure that any people with mobility issues (aged, disabled) are given assistance during the Evacuation procedure and that they do not block exits.