Emergency preparedness is vital to ensure a disaster response is not impeded by disorganization or miscommunication. Remaining calm and moving confidently through the wilds of a crisis are much easier when you have a map. And that is exactly what an emergency operations plan (EOP) is — a mapping of the best course of action during an emergency.
Businesses require special measures to protect their operations, infrastructure, and workers from any potential harmful effects an emergency could cause. Emergencies can be the result of man-made or natural events, some examples may include terrorism, earthquakes, tornadoes, extreme temperatures, fires, hurricanes. Therefore, it is important to establish a plan before the occurrence of these events to be prepared in case an emergency happens. These plans include different stages such as facility protection, in which business owners or managers can take steps to identify potential hazards and make changes to prevent, mitigate or control them, and the creation of planning guidelines of emergency management, covering topics such as evacuation plans, procedures, shelter, fire safety, and disaster kits among others.
|8 Steps to make a EOP/EAP
1. Anticipate your predominant risks
2. Identify your company’s top priorities
3. Have a secure backup solution/COOP
4. Develop your plan
5. Establish a chain of command
6. Mitigate the potential damage
7. Keep your business emergency plan up to date
8. Know what emergency resources are available
Our everyday operations consist of planning and preparing for what can and will eventually occur. We put together emergency operation plans, we manage supplies that will be needed when an emergency arrives, we prepare the community by offering training classes (CERT, active shooter, CPR/AED, Storm Spotter), and we strive to compose the response efforts needed as we build a relationship with our community. For more information on who we are and what we do please visit our About Us page.