Riverview Emergency Planning and Consulting
My name is Jerry Greer, and I am a Fireman with 20 years of experience. I frequently find myself in the role of public relations in my community and interact with a lot of local businesses and civilians. I found I was being asked on a regular basis, “What if…?” What if there is a fire at my shop? What if a tornado hit while I am out shopping? What if there is an act of terror?
These incidents are infrequent, but still probable in public settings like manufacturing facilities, offices, stores, theaters and education facilities. And even though OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) REQUIRES all public entities to have a plan for emergencies, the truth is: many do not. Each employer is responsible for the safety and health of its workers and for providing a safe and healthful workplace for its workers. Employers and public businesses are required to protect workers and customers.
In my role as a public employee, my advice is often sought for this purpose. The role I am developing in the private sector is to use my years of experience on the force and professional training to assist businesses in Northwest Ohio to assemble the emergency plans and comply with OSHA regulations.
Emergency preparedness is the “creation of plans through which communities reduce vulnerability to hazards and cope with disasters.” I cannot say that disaster management will avert or eliminate the threats. Rather, it focuses on creating plans to decrease the EFFECT of the disasters. Failure to create a plan could lead to human injury or death, lost revenue and assets.
Riverview Emergency Planning and Consulting can draft plans to include acts of terrorism (workplace/school violence), fire, natural disasters (tornados and flooding), public disorder/panic, and accidents and health related issues requiring first aid and/or CPR.
Riverview Emergency Preparedness plans focus on the preparing the organization’s equipment and procedures for use when a disaster occurs. Equipment and procedures can be used to reduce vulnerability to disaster, to mitigate the impacts of a disaster or to respond more efficiently in an emergency.
Emergencies and disasters can strike anywhere and at any time bringing workplace, school or public space injuries and illnesses with them. Employers and workers need to deal with an emergency when it is least expected and proper planning before an emergency is necessary to respond effectively. Riverview Emergency Planing and Consulting can train an appropriate number of an organization in CPR and first aid so that the plan can be enacted when required. Training can also include fire extinguisher/suppression training and crowd control/evacuation.
Emergency Preparedness and Response
Emergencies can create a variety of hazards for workers in the impacted area. Preparation plays a vital role in ensuring that employers and workers have the necessary equipment, know where to go, and know how to keep themselves safe when an emergency occurs. Riverview Emergency Planning and Consulting provides information on how to prepare and offers the training for emergencies and lists the hazards to be aware of when an emergency occurs.
Tornadoes, severe weather and flooding can occur with little or no warning. Riverview Emergency Planning and Consulting’s plans advise taking precautions in advance of the storms. Develop an emergency plan. Learn the warning signs. Monitoring tornado watches and warnings. There will need to be a clear signal, leadership and direction when the time comes to implement the emergency tornado/weather plan.
Planning for tornadoes and severe weather requires identifying a place to take shelter, being familiar with and monitoring your community’s warning system, and establishing procedures to account for individuals in the building. Employers may need to obtain additional equipment and/or resources (e.g. Emergency Supply Kits) identified in the plan. In addition, workers need to be trained and plans need to be practiced to ensure that personnel are familiar with what to do in the event of a tornado.
Fire, Violence/Terror Situations
Businesses and public facilities have responsibilities to employees and customers in the event of a fire or violence. The organization must decide what type of response will be provided and who will provide it. A plan From Riverview Emergency Planning and Consulting will provide a written policy that describes the internal and outside response organizations (police, fire emergency squads)that the organization will use. The plan will define what evacuation procedures or safe zones to move innocent people out of harm’s way.
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