Under the Health and Safety in Employment Act, businesses have an obligation to be prepared for an emergency. Put together a Workplace Emergency Plan for your business.
Get your staff ready. Encourage staff to keep essential items they may need at work, including sturdy walking shoes, waterproof jacket, torch, snack food and water.
Get involved in business continuity and emergency plans at industry level. Your plans should cover these areas:
- How to protect your business assets: staff, equipment, facilities, IT systems, reputation, market share, liquidity, etc.
- How to protect external service, particularly in support of civil defence emergency management critical activities, such as emergency services and medical facilities.
- Forecasting and prioritising external demand for your services before an emergency occurs.
- Cooperative planning with those you depend on so that responsibilities and roles are clearly understood.