Planning for emergencies facilitates a general understanding of what to do in case one happens. But when the plan fails, do you know what to do next?
An emergency plan is an important template on which we base our actions. A plan is your guide to lead you from one action to the next, depending on variables. Most emergency plans, while well-thought out, are rarely given trial runs, quickly making the step-by-step directions impractical if you don’t know how to apply it when it counts most.
We must ask ourselves a few questions. What’s the point of a plan if it’s never been tested? And what types of training and exercises will make the emergency plan fail-proof? With CCS on your side, you can be sure to cover all the bases while, at the same time, ensuring that your emergency plan is even stronger than before. Through a series of tests, trainings and exercises and the help of CCS professionals, you can be confident in the face of any emergency.
Emergency plans need to be implemented both at work and at home to optimize safety and preparedness. Having a Home or Personal Emergency Plan is key. It holds the vital information of loved ones, contact information, personal details and evacuation strategies. But here’s where we trip up — often times, we overlook the evacuation strategy aspect which leaves us vulnerable to a real-life situation. The way to approach an emergency evacuation scenario isn’t just to talk about it, but to put it in motion and see how it fairs in the face of danger and stress.
Testing a plan
When we test a plan of action, we are able to see the plan from a new perspective. Acting out an emergency situation allows us to see how we respond under pressure and time constraints. It also gives us more details on where our plans fail and where they succeed. All in all, we’re able to study the plan objectively and discuss our findings with those involved in the testing. Testing is an excellent way to enact a state of emergency without bearing the burden of the actual emergency. It doesn’t just test a plan, it also tests the character of each person.
Testing a plan is a responsible way to study how we react when presented with an emergency. In addition, it grants us space in which to consider where the plan could be improved. As with all emergency plans, the idea is to improve at any junction that requires attention. Finding errors or flaws only means there’s room to develop a better plan that will work when and if crisis strikes.
Trainings and exercises
Organizing a time to execute trainings and exercises can be tough with so many different schedules. However, with CCS, you can be confident that your worries about finding the time will fade away. CCS consultants are experts in the emergency planning business. They will set up a program that suits all involved. And they will deliver training and exercises that bring clarity and real-life application to emergency circumstances.
Trainings and exercises differ between the workplace and at home. Be aware that each plan will have to be slightly altered to fit the situation. CCS will address these issues and more when it comes to training and exercises. When adjusting any emergency plan, be open-minded and aware that any changes will be for the better. If you’ve implemented emergency plan trainings and exercise that didn’t go as planned, don’t feel disgruntled — let CCS assist you on your mission to build emergency plan itineraries that are easy to follow and fruitful. Your life – and your businesses’ livelihood – might just depend on it.