If your work area is unprepared or has no disaster plan, there would be a possible pandemonium, panic, hysteria and even more fatalities if people are unorganized. Here are some things to consider.
SCHEDULE AN EVACUATION DRILL
Consider the safety of every worker so that they can still go home to their loved ones. Unexpected Evacuation drills are important in the work area to teach them to be calm and organized. This could also prevent further catastrophes from happening like a stampede.
ASSIGN PERSONNEL FOR DIFFERENT TASKS
If the disaster has already happened, selecting responsible people is essential for the different tasks ahead. They should be selected according to their relevance.
There should also be a selected leader in the work area so he can coordinate and organize the workers for their different roles.
If you have a worker that has some knowledge on first aid and medical treatment, assign that person in to treat the wounded and the sick. If you have an architect or an engineer, assign them for area assessment to see if the area is still safe. They can also look for other workers who are trapped inside the building.
For people in the canteen (if your company or work area has one), place them in charge of food salvaging so they know what food is still edible if it’s soaked in water (in case of floods) or left out in the open.
EVALUATE THE BUILDING STRUCTURE
After a natural disaster such as earthquakes, the building/s is the one that will be affected the most. In such an event, it is important to reassess the hallways and passages that are still safe to pass for its structural integrity. Downed power lines could also be a major health risk especially on flooded areas. Fires could spread out from gas leakage and/or spilled generator fuel.
MAKE UP A TEMPORARY EMERGENCY SHELTER
This is important so that people who are wounded can use this as an infirmary. This could also serve as a base of operations so the people who are in charge can discuss what their next steps will be.
Disaster planning is crucial for every work area. Workers must know what they are supposed to do when such an emergency happens. This does not only apply to business areas but also can be a valuable asset for schools and hospitals as well
So the question now would be “is your work place prepared when a disaster strikes?” You might answer yes to this question but, what about your friends and families? This article would help them be aware of this issue. So share this on Facebook or any other social media websites that you have to inform and educate the reader.
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