From Flooding to Fire outbreak, natural disasters are powerful forces that tear through cities and leave a trail of devastation across communities. According to the National Centers for Environmental Information, 16 natural disasters caused $306 billion worth of damage in the United States during 2017 alone. Though businesses are unable to predict when a natural disaster will strike, they can protect their assets and employees with the proper planning, training, and communication tactics. Preparing for the worst helps build resilience and enables businesses to recover faster.
Natural disasters are an unavoidable force that businesses must prepare themselves against, and the best defense is a good offense. Organizations with a strong disaster response plan are well suited to combat the destruction of a natural disaster and recover faster. Regularly updating preparedness plans and training employees will build resilience throughout your workforce.
In addition to keeping the business resilient, employees also may need help recovering. The effects of natural disasters often impact both work and home life, taking a devastating toll on one’s physical and mental health. Employers should provide the option of an Employee Assistance Program, or EAP, to help staff adjust back into their daily routines after a life-changing event.
As Safety Consultants and Solutions Provider has come up with a Consultancy services and training modules that help to brings these menace to the lowest level. Our disaster preparedness program cut across all aspects of life and can be applicable in both public and private sectors. Our Modules for the program in the 700 series are as follows:
- DISASTER RESPONSE PLAN DEVELOPMENT (NFPAWA 700)
Developing an effective disaster response plan to minimize damage before, during, and after an event. Every business is different and will need to examine its facilities and consider its employees when creating a structure that fits its own unique circumstances. There are no cookie-cutter templates to the perfect disaster response plan; however, there are common elements that all plans should include. A disaster response plan guides organizations through disruptive events and helps resume operations post-incident. It is critical to conduct a thorough risk assessment of all potential dangers before a business can develop a robust plan addressing how to mitigate, prepare, respond, and recover from specific hazards and risks.
- TRAIN AND DRILL- STAFF RESPONSIBILITIES (NFPAWA 701)
Most facilities Conducting a mock disaster drill to test the disaster plan and practice for a fire. However, not all businesses implement a disaster drill. Planning and practicing for natural disasters other than fire helps to raise awareness and prepares employees for a variety of outcomes. Running through the plan with a mock disaster drill also provides insight into any needed plan updates and improvements. As a result, the resiliency of the whole organization will be improved.
- CRISIS COMMUNICATION (NFPAWA 702)
The Crisis Communication module of NFPAWA 702 of the Safety Consultants and Solutions Provider is critical to informing the public as well as loved ones about the ongoing situation. The public is used to having breaking news at their fingertips with smartphones, computers, and TVs constantly updating current events. During the first 24 hours after a natural disaster, response teams are often so focused on maintaining the situation that they fail to effectively communicate with the public, which can be received negatively and lead to potential reputation damage and safety concerns.
AFTERMATH RECOVERY (NFPAWA 703)
After a natural disaster, a business will need to continue operating even though its physical location may be compromised. In order to maintain critical operations, the disaster plan should detail an organization’s functions, services, and who is being served to determine the kind of temporary space the business will need to occupy during the recovery process. Specify what equipment will be needed to carry out services and have a plan to access such equipment. Make arrangements to set up an alternative work space or provide employees with remote access so they are able to work from home.