Implement an Emergency Action Plan

Key Points

  • Along with the normal operations of businesses comes the risk of emergency situations ranging from natural disasters to violent incidents such as an active shooter situation.
  • Developing a detailed emergency action plan is not only a legal requirement for most employers, but also helps improve workplace responses to disasters, fires and other emergencies.
  • Employers should also create an emergency evacuation policy. While this is not a substitute for the required emergency action plan, it provides an overview of evacuation procedures and identifies individuals who have specific responsibilities in the company's emergency response.
  • Employers should effectively communicate their action plan and policies to supervisors and employees.

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