What You Need to Know about Emergency Preparedness

This article will answer your pressing questions about emergency preparedness: what it is, why it’s important, and how to create an emergency preparedness plan for your organization.

What is Emergency Preparedness?

You can’t avoid emergencies. They can happen spontaneously and without warning. But if you have a plan for emergencies and place various controls to protect your organization and employees, you have an extra safety layer to keep your team safe. This is exactly what emergency preparedness is, and it’s important for all organizations to establish some sort of emergency preparedness procedure.

Emergency preparedness is a crucial part of an organization’s overall emergency management strategy. Thus, it’s important to take the time and put in the effort to plan out what to do in the event of an emergency. On top of that, organizations must also place various controls that add an extra layer of safety during disasters and emergencies.


Emergencies produce very dangerous situations for employees and companies alike. To start, disasters like chemical spills can cause a lot of harm and damage to the environment and put people’s health at risk. On the flip side, natural disasters like storms and blizzards put individuals and company assets at risk. And no matter what you do, you cannot prevent certain emergencies from happening. 

For this reason, it’s absolutely essential for companies to practice emergency preparedness and create a definite plan of what to do in the event of an emergency. That way, you can increase the chances of survival while reducing the risk of injury. On top of that, you can keep your assets and resources safe from harm.

How to Create an Emergency Preparedness Plan

Every company’s emergency preparedness plan looks different. This is because emergency preparedness involves assessing your company’s needs and including the unique considerations for your industry to give your safe an adequate safety net.

That said, there are various steps that every company has to go through to adequately prepare for emergencies. We’ll get into a few of these key steps below.

Perform a Risk Assessment

The first step in creating an emergency preparedness plan is conducting a risk assessment. This is to ensure that you plan for all possibilities in the event of an emergency. Remember, every organization faces unique risks depending on their operations, industry, and the emergencies most likely to happen in their area. This is why the first step in preparing for an emergency is always evaluating the various risks that your organization faces.

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Create a Communication Plan

Communication is one of the key aspects of emergency preparedness. It’s very important for organizations to easily disseminate information and instructions during emergencies. On top of that, you should make sure that you can always communicate with the organization, regardless of connectivity. 

So, consider exploring different ways to communicate with the team during emergencies and train all employees on how to use these communication channels.

Assemble an Emergency Kit

It’s always great to have a kit ready with various supplies and tools that you might need in an emergency. Again, the exact elements of an emergency kit may vary depending on the needs of your organization, location, and industry. With a proper risk assessment beforehand, it will be much easier to plan out what items to include in your emergency kit.

Develop an Evacuation Plan

Another crucial step in planning for an emergency is determining how to evacuate employees, customers, and everyone else on your premises during an emergency. Getting a lot of people out of a building during an emergency can be quite complicated. But with a good plan, you can easily ensure everyone’s safety when evacuating.

Implement and Review the Plan

Once you create your plan, it’s time to implement it. This means training your employees in the best practices during an emergency and showing them how to keep themselves safe during disasters. Once implemented, it’s important to constantly monitor your company’s preparedness program and create a report about it. That way, reviewing its effectiveness and efficiency will be much easier.

Apply Necessary Changes

There will always be some things you miss or need to tweak in your emergency preparedness plan. Regardless of how much you research and plan ahead, you will have to make adjustments. This is why it’s important to assess how well your emergency preparedness plan works and make changes to enhance it further.

Leon Altomonte
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Leon Altomonte
Leon Altomonte is a content contributor for SafetyCulture. He got into content writing while taking up a language degree and has written copy for various web pages and blogs. Aside from working as a freelance writer, Leon is also a musician who spends most of his free time playing gigs and at the studio.