Unfortunately, organizations that stake their readiness on broadly-applied corporate SOP documents or business continuity plans ill-prepared for the realities of high stress and imminent events often discover a tragic truth in Benjamin Franklin’s words.
Over the past twenty years, organizations around the world have turned to CIS for assistance in improving the emergency readiness of their facilities against a wide spectrum of hazards.
All emergency planning projects commence with a basic risk assessment to identify unique threats or consequences specific to the facility (e.g., terrorism, industrial hazards, etc.). During this stage, a physical assessment is conducted to assess the facility’s infrastructure capabilities (e.g., communications, monitoring systems, etc.), egress design, refuge options for hazardous events, assembly areas, and additional issues.
Upon completion of the assessment, a report is presented to the client with recommended improvements essential to new emergency procedures.
After essential improvements have been identified and a plan for remedy is underway, CIS works with the client to author a new all-hazard Emergency Response Plan (or improvement of existing plans). Activities undertaken at this stage often include structuring Emergency Response Teams and zone captain systems, designing improved processes for emergency communications, designating safety zones (e.g., assembly areas, shelter-in-place rooms, severe weather shelters, etc.) and authoring a system of event-specific emergency procedures for best performance, safety, clarity, and organization.
Some of the types of event annexes contained in our ERPs include:
After the new Emergency Response Plan is complete and ready for promulgation, CIS conducts a series of live training classes to instruct employees in critical aspects of the new plan. In addition to employee training, separate sessions are scheduled to instruct ERT members and zone captains on more complex details of the new procedures.
Upon completion, all documents and media developed as part of the project are transferred to the client in editable format for long-term use.
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