Workplace emergencies such as power outages, storm damage, fires and floods can happen at any time. Whether you have two or 200 employees, having an emergency plan in place protects lives, equipment and property.
While the Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires most employers with more than 10 employees to have emergency plans in writing, all employers need to plan how to keep employees safe and to restore their businesses after the emergency.
Get Employees Involved
In developing an emergency plan, it's important to include a variety of employees in the planning process. This gives employees ownership of the process and helps make sure the plan will be effective.
When the plan is in place, train employees frequently, test emergency equipment and schedule regular emergency-response drills. Ask employees to report unsafe practices such as blocked exits that might interfere with emergency response.
In addition, encourage employees to prepare for storms and other emergencies, including planning how to communicate with their families and having an emergency kit available at work.
More information on emergency planning is available from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Small Business Administration. Our Storm Center offers information on outage status; power restoration; ways to prepare for a storm; and what to do during and after the storm.
If you're unsure how your business will fare during a widespread outage, contact your Jackson EMC Commercial and Industrial Representative.