Emergency Planning Basics For Your Business

An Emergency Action Plan can save the lives of your employees, your customers and the content of your business. When push comes to shove, business is about profit though goods or services. How do we protect the goods, services and people involved in our business?
The simple answer is through effective planning and training of staff members.
An Emergency Action Plan, EAP, is required for most businesses through OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.38. All businesses with more than 10 employees are required to write the plan, businesses with less than 10 can disperse it verbally.
We think of fire when we talk about emergency planning, but that is the start. Think about your local region. Is there a fault? Do you have earthquakes, (California is not the only place where this question needs answers)? Is your area prone to hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, freezing or extreme heat and drought? What will you do when the crisis hits? How are you prepared to survive profitably and intact. The first posts will deal with fire safety planning because it is a universal issue faced by all businesses. Then we will move on to more region-specific questions.

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