How To Train Your Staff for Emergency Situations

How To Train Your Staff for Emergency Situations
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    Nothing is more important than the safety of your employees. Check out how to train your staff for emergency situations to ensure you have practices in place that will prepare them for any crisis scenario.

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Nothing is more important than the safety of your employees. Check out how to train your staff for emergency situations to ensure you have practices in place that will prepare them for any crisis scenario.

Plan

Chaos can easily take hold in a crisis, which is why it’s essential to have a set plan in place for emergencies. You’ll need a different plan for the case of fires, tornados, health emergencies, an active shooter situation, flooding, ice storm, or any other natural occurring emergencies common in your area.

Each crisis brings unique problems, so you can’t just have a blanket evocation plan and call it a day. The plan will need to include where to locate emergency equipment, what to do during a lockdown, what machinery presents a heightened risk for injury, and how to handle those specific problems.

Assign Roles

During an emergency, people must understand what role they need to play. There is a reason why a stewardess checks with you to ensure you understand your responsibilities when you sit in an emergency aisle on a plane.

Many companies will establish an emergency response team. This group of employees will volunteer for training in CPR, AED machines, and other crises. So when immediate assistance is required, there isn’t any hesitation on who to call or what to do.

Also, those who don’t have an assigned role need to understand that the best thing they can do is stand out of the way or evacuate.

Train With Equipment

Depending on the crisis, different equipment or techniques are required. This means investing in training for team members to understand how and when to use the equipment. You can bring in a CPR trainer to teach all employees this valuable skill. Still, it may be harder to train the entire staff in every scenario, which is why many companies have emergency teams, as previously mentioned.

Also, for larger facilities, you’ll want to train your staff on effectively using the radio during an emergency to ensure streamlined communication. Time is the most valuable commodity you have during a crisis. You don’t want a misunderstanding over the radio to lead to a member of your team becoming injured.

Drill

Once all your plans and training are in place, you’ll want to drill your emergencies regularly. A fire drill might seem childish, but you don’t want to execute a plan the first time during a crisis where there isn’t room for error.

These drills allow people to practice their assigned roles, so they are less likely to make mistakes in the event of an actual crisis. You should train for multiple scenarios, such as fires, intruders, severe weather, or medical emergencies. That way, they always know what to expect.

Now that you have a better understanding of how to train your staff for emergency situations, you can establish safe and well-thought-out crisis plans at your facility.

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