Emergency Preparedness in a Warehouse
Every warehouse should have a workplace emergency action plan in place. Even if your warehouse is not located in a part of the country where extreme weather is an ongoing risk, you need an emergency preparedness plan because not all disasters are caused by weather.
In this guide, learn why it’s important to have an emergency preparedness plan in your warehouse, and discover how to create one to ensure you and your employees know exactly what to do if and when disaster strikes.
Importance of an Emergency Preparedness Plan in a Warehouse
What Does a Workplace Emergency Action Plan Look Like?
Tips to Develop a Workplace Emergency Preparedness Plan
Prevention: Create a worst-case scenario, and determine what it would take to prevent, avoid or stop an imminent, threatened or actual act.
Protection: Determine what you need to do to protect employees, citizens, residents, visitors and assets against threats and hazards.
Mitigation: Take the necessary actions to reduce risks, threats and impacts in regard to lives, property and the environment.
Response: Create a plan that increases emergency response rates to save lives, protect property and the environment, and meet basic human needs after an incident occurs.
Recovery: Have a system in place that will help you achieve a timely restoration of sustainable operations and aid in the restoration of your local community after being affected by a catastrophic incident.
When creating a plan, start by doing an internal risk assessment. Training employees and practicing drills are also vital components of any plan because if people don’t know what to do, the plan won’t be nearly as valuable.