The Definitive Guide to Keeping Your Workforce Safe
Everyday threats like natural disasters, workplace violence, disgruntled employees, and cyberattacks put your workforce, property, and operations at extreme risk. When these threats occur, you want to ensure your organization is prepared, protected, and ready to communicate. In this guide, our seasoned team of experts has provided methodologies and best practices to help you prepare for and respond to these workplace emergencies.
Natural Disasters—How to Shelter in Place
Often, when there is an imminent threat or hazard, the public is told to “shelter in place.” Sheltering in place is a precautionary routine to keep you as safe as possible while indoors during an emergency event.
However, someone not well versed in emergency preparedness may interpret the instruction as staying exactly where you currently are. That tactic could put you in danger. Situations that may require you to shelter in place include natural disasters, accidental or intentional release of chemical, biological or radiological material, or an emergency safety situation, such as an active shooter. Different threats require slightly different sheltering recommendations.
Hostage Situations—How to Prepare and Respond
Hostage situations and other acts of workplace violence are completely unpredictable. If you acknowledge the fact that one can’t be fully insured against a hostage situation taking place at your office, it’s time to define and plan what you and your team need to do in this situation.
Unfortunately, many business owners do not consider planning for instances such as the hostage situation until it happens to their employees. The biggest misconception is that establishing a procedure for these types of events will cause panic among employees. With proper planning and training, your employees and teammates are more likely to respond to an emergency and be safe and sound. Emotions can get in the way, creating life-threatening conditions not only for the individual but everyone else. A risky situation such as this must be handled with extreme care.