Preparedness at ePACT Step 3 – Practice

Our guest blogger, Shelby Edwards, recently wrote a series to help your business prepare for any emergency. Too many businesses are unable to re-open once they have been impacted by a large scale disaster or emergency, stressing the importance of the preparedness process.

To show you just how simple continuity planning can be, the ePACT team is putting Shelby’s plan in to action! So far we’ve shown you how we’ve identified both hazards and resources, and planned for emergencies. Today we are writing about how we completed step three of the process:

Step 3: Practice

Train your staff: When each ePACT employee starts, they receive emergency training as part of their orientation. During this training they are shown where critical emergency supplies are stored, and the evacuation routes out of the building. They are also taught the procedures that are put in place should an emergency ever occur, such as what the expectations are for employees if the office is unable to re-open immediately following a disaster.

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Have a fire drill: Two interns have recently joined the ePACT team, meaning it was time to hold a drill! To deal with any unexpected event, we went through all four of our evacuation routes. We also visited our meeting places in case the team is separated in an emergency or team members are outside of the office.

Disaster scenarios: Recent studies in BC remind us that we are in a ‘risk-zone’ for large earthquakes. With this in mind, we practiced ‘Drop, Cover and Hold-on’ in the safe zones of our office. To remind us to continually hold drills, we also signed up for the Great British Columbia Shakeout for our second year.

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