Do you wonder about disasters that have happened and if they could’ve been prevented? Or, imagine what it was like if those disasters didn’t have to end in death? We have a plan to change that. It’s called preparing for emergencies, and here are steps to take in an emergency.
Preparation is key. That is how you will save lives. Do you want to be ready if an emergency hits? Of course, you do. That is why you prepare. Prepare in multiple ways with a survival kit and plan of action. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), preparing for an emergency can make a big difference later.
- Survival kit – This includes a three-day supply of food, medicine, first aid, water, and a flashlight. You may want to make sure there is a heavy-duty blanket in the kit if an emergency occurs during the winter-time. You never know when you will need a survival kit or be thrown into an emergency. This is something that would be wise to research for your employees and/or church acquaintances.
- Plan of action – Understand what possible emergencies you could be exposed to and make a plan if one of those were to occur. For example, a tornado vs. an active shooter. Those would have two different ways to react in the office. Some basic things you can do are these: make an escape route plan or hiding plan, have emergency contacts listed and memorized, practice scenarios with your team, and make easy access to your security system for your employees just to name a few.
Be Informed. Make an Action Plan
Action plans. These are you taking action to prevent an emergency from progressing. Stay informed on what to do for different emergencies. Here are some steps below.
Emergency weather, like tornadoes
Go to the interior of a room without windows if possible. Avoid being under extremely heavy objects in case they would fall through the ceiling above. Protect yourself by getting under something sturdy (like a table or workbench) and cover yourself with a blanket, sleeping bag, or mattress, and protect your head with your hands or something sturdy. According to the CDC, “If there isn’t time to get to a tornado shelter or to a lower level, try to get under a door frame or get up against something that will support or deflect falling debris. For instance, in a department store, get up against heavy shelving or counters.”
Where you will need to stop outside air from coming in
Get inside. If possible, take emergency kits or supplies with you. Seal the room – turn off things that move air (fans, air conditioning), block air from entering the room, and wait for authorities to update.
Other ways to prepare
You should stay informed (according to the Red Cross) about different types of emergencies and how to navigate them, check in with law enforcement for tips, learn CPR and first aid (the Red Cross recommends), and download the Alert-Com app. This will help with the steps to take in an emergency.
Active shooter emergency
For our full blog on “Steps to Take in an Active Shooter Emergency” click here.
Get the Alert-Com App
The most important thing is preparedness when it comes to what steps to take in an emergency. One of the best ways to prepare is to download our Alert-Com app, where you can alert authorities faster during times of emergencies. This will help slow down emergency response time, which could save lives. Imagine having the help of an app, where you can instantly connect to first responders within seconds. You would be able to stop an emergency from furthering, or better yet, saving a life and your own. Make a consulting appointment with us so we can help set up your Alert-Com app today.