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How to Plan for Emergencies and Evacuations

From: US Department of Labor OSHA

How does your municipality or workplace prepare and notify affected parties?

This is good info from OSHA.

Introduction

Nobody expects an emergency or disaster — especially one that affects them, their employees, and their business personally. Yet the simple truth is that emergencies and disasters can strike anyone, anytime, and anywhere. You and your employees could be forced to evacuate your company when you least expect it.

This booklet is designed to help you, the employer, plan for that possibility. The best way to protect yourself, your workers, and your business is to expect the unexpected and develop a well-thoughtout emergency action plan to guide you when immediate action is necessary.

What is a workplace emergency?

A workplace emergency is an unforeseen situation that threatens your employees, customers, or the public; disrupts or shuts down your operations; or causes physical or environmental damage. Emergencies may be natural or manmade and include the following:

  • Floods,
  • Hurricanes,
  • Tornadoes,
  • Fires,
  • Toxic gas releases,
  • Chemical spills,
  • Radiological accidents,
  • Explosions,
  • Civil disturbances, and
  • Workplace violence resulting in bodily harm and trauma.

How do you protect yourself, your employees, and your business?

The best way is to prepare to respond to an emergency before it happens. Few people can think clearly and logically in a crisis, so it is important to do so in advance, when you have time to be thorough.

Brainstorm the worst-case scenarios. Ask yourself what you would do if the worst happened. What if a fire broke out in your boiler room? Or a hurricane hit your building head-on? Or a train carrying hazardous waste derailed while passing your loading dock? Once you have identified potential emergencies, consider how they would affect you and your workers and how you would respond.

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If an emergency (flooding, tornado etc) or disaster does happen, Heads Up! Community can help with quick and accurate information notification.

Call us to learn more at 304-781-3410. Free demonstration is available.

Staying Safe on College Campuses: Here’s How

Do you remember your college days. So fun! New friends. Challenging chapter of life. Hanging out after class. Late night studies. And other late night ‘stuff’.

We also thought we were indestructible. Really untouchable. Fear for our lives never entered our thought process.

That is certainly not the case in today’s society and on today’s college campuses. Yes, there are still life-long friendships being fostered and classroom lectures that prepare us for the rest of our lives. But there is a certain sense of fear clouding campuses today.

How do you prepare? How do you stay as safe as possible?

Here are 5 good ways.

  1. Be aware of your surroundings. Know your campus. Study aerial maps. Take tours doing the day. Really know about as many buildings as you can. After you know your surroundings, stay aware of them. Keep music down on devices. Look around, a lot. Stay alert. Be aware of everybody around you; front & back.
  2. Walk in pairs or more. This goes for both male and female. Especially at night. If by yourself, ask campus security or police to walk you home.
  3. Trust your soul and follow your heart. If it feels strangely odd or just not right, avert the situation. Go another way. Turn around. Trust your feeling. It’s ok.
  4. Watch your drink. Again, guys or gals. Watch your drink being made. Hold it in your hands always. If drink, do so in moderation. Never take your eye off your drink. So folks may try to slip something in your drink. But if you are cognizant of your situation and stay vigilant, the likelihood is low.
  5. DOWNLOAD the Heads Up! Community app. If there was a situation or emergency on campus, you would be notified via your phone. As would campus security, college adminstration and even parents. It is a great tool for receiving information about stuff you want/need to know about.

Call Heads Up! Community to learn more.  304-781-3410.

Or just download it at your app store.