Success and failure of your emergency plan
Has your organisation recently experienced a real emergency that could have worked a little better? Or maybe you would just like to reduce the risk of losing your greatest asset? At STG Fire Safety Training our emergency planners have spent many years in this field and can actively guide you through the process. Employee safety and workable solutions are always our goal/s. Above all, ensuring that you comply with health and safety standards via AS3745-2010.
- This document is a great guide but requires an experienced planner to interpret and implement.
- Namely, from the Emergency Planning Committee’s (EPC) to employee responders on the ground (the Emergency Control Organisation (ECO)). It seems like no emergency is the same and could be said to take on many forms.
- Furthermore, success can be calculated by how well the plan works, in a real emergency, for you and for your specific environment.
- Hence, an Emergency Plan that mitigates your specific risk can be the difference between an effective recovery and a total loss.
The emergency plan and where to start
One important (or should we say critical) component of the emergency plan is your employees. Risk mitigation should start and end with them in mind, generally, they are the one who may be the difference between success and failure.
A business continuity emergency plan will involve key personnel and therefore selection should account for their leadership and supervisory ability. Furthermore, their overall respect within the organisation and desire to learn would be a key attribute employer could look for in an employee.
Mitigating Risk with the emergency plan
Subsequently, one of the best guides for creating an effective pathway for business. Comes from emergency management documentation known as the National Unit of Competency. In short, it is an industry-based learning paper from the national training framework? Including all of the following:
- Respond to emergency reports, signals and warnings
- Initiate and control initial emergency response
- Anticipate the further development of emergencies
- Assist with post initial response
Thus, this document provides the basis for establishing a workable preparedness, response and recovery pathway. Formulated by industry experts, there is so many take away’s which should be interpreted and guided by competent and qualified emergency management professionals.
Command and control in emergency management
To begin with, let’s ask ourselves a couple of questions. Who will take charge of the overall coordination prior to the arrival of the emergency services. Secondly, who will meet the emergency services and provide specialist advice to them? Should the emergency plan provide guidance in relation to these factors? The answer to the last question is “yes”.
Ordinarily, it can be quite a complex process but the emergency plan must be kept relevant and easy to understand. Above all, the plan shouldn’t be so complex that no one understands it or wanst to understand it. Likewise, emergency planners like STG Fire Safety Training can help to guide business emergency planners through the process.
Who uses our emergency plan guidance
- Local Government
- Mining Operations
- Community Infrastructure
- Factories and large multi-level buildings
- Caravan Parks.
- Small and large businesses
Leaving no stone unturned and making the plan fit your specific organisation takes a lot of thought and discussion. Thereby, plans, no matter how complex, should have an adequate quick action guide for those in the emergency control organisation (first responders), which can easily be referred to prior and during emergencies. Similarly, we have found that a checklist often works well and can be established reviewed and made workable during exercises and the like.
By the way, we refer to the emergency control organisation or emergency response team as first responders. They are the link between the incident occurring and the emergency services. Therefore the emergency services could be classified as second responders.
STG Fire Safety Training emergency managers
The head of our team is Senior Director Ken Walker who studied fire technology at Swinburne University. Furthermore, just retiring from a long career in the fire services which saw him responsible for multiple activities focused around preparedness, response and recovery. Thus, providing emergency management for 38 years during both operational and non-operational activities.
We work closely with clients to ensure the emergency management plan fits well with their organisation. Regularly, providing guidance and the physical establishment or review of the emergency management plan. In addition to this, we are familiar with state legislation processes right across Australia and therefore can provide emergency management planning coordination Australia Wide
Finally, if you would like to learn more about our services, please make contact with us.
Prices: Our Emergency Management Planning Audits
Prices start at $595
- Review of any existing plan
- A complete analysis of the given area of operation
- Mentoring and guidance for organisation emergency managers
- An extensive report and/or emergency management plan
- Quick action guides
- Scenarios for exercising