In today’s environment, an emergency management plan and program are mandatory. They address associated risks and compliance requirements and are a key aspect of good corporate security governance.
Defining effective emergency capabilities aids organisations to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from serious emergency-related incidents.
Good emergency management plans and supporting elements assist those tasked with responding to know their roles and responsibilities and, the expectations of them in an emergency.
These days, emergency management focusses on responding to many more events than traditional hazards may cause in a workplace, such as building fires. Emergency plans must address the potential for terrorism, including national guidelines (run/hide/tell) for responding to such an event.
Practitioners must also validate and assure dependencies, such as the assumed role of an external building/precinct manager in an emergency, versus those in different areas/floors/leased areas of a building/site.
Emergency Management Considerations
Basic plans and emergency arrangements must meet the requirements of AS 3745-2010 Planning for emergencies in facilities, which articulates the committees, appointments, protocols and general arrangements for base-level emergency planning.
Industry Risk has crafted a significant number of emergency plans, which were designed to meet the needs of both smaller and larger organisations, and to address a range of contexts that demanded detailed planning and consideration.
Key to each of these plans was a need to gauge specific requirements around:
- The organisation and its specific needs.
- Obligatory planning committees and forums.
- Site/building management integration and addressing unrealistic expectations.
- Plan development, including through assessment of assessed risks.
- Lockdown, including infrastructure and accommodating multiple recourses.
- Evacuation (of both buildings and large-scale sites).
- Emergency communications between internal stakeholders and Emergency Services.
- Integration with other plans, especially business continuity and crisis management.
- Training and awareness.