Emergency planning

Reports of major emergencies around the world reveal many of the same problems.

Simple measures that are well within the scope, responsibility and capacity of management were not carried out. For example:

  • No one had been given the responsibility for making decisions or giving instructions during an emergency
  • There was no risk assessment undertaken or emergency management plan in place
  • Staff failed to provide clear direction and no exercises or training had been conducted

Planning the emergency response

It's crucial to develop a plan that outlines how you would respond if an emergency incident occurred.

Your emergency management plan should be clear, well considered and accepted by you and your staff. The plan will be most effective if everyone is aware of their roles and responsibilities in responding to an emergency.

Important stages in emergency management planning are:

  • Identifying and developing emergency response procedures such as triggers and evacuations
  • Staff training and involvement
  • Implementing and monitoring the emergency plan

How do I?

Last Updated 24th July 2017