Among these groups, the health and safety committee can provide valuable input and a means of wider worker involvement.
Appropriate municipal officials should also be consulted since control may be exercised by the local government in major emergencies and additional resources may be available.
Since major emergencies are rare events, knowledge of both technological (chemical or physical) and natural hazards can be broadened by consulting with fire departments, insurance companies, engineering consultants, and government departments.
Areas where flammables, explosives, or chemicals are used or stored should be considered as the most likely place for a technological hazard emergency to occur.
Besides the major benefit of providing guidance during an emergency, developing the plan has other advantages.
You may discover unrecognized hazardous conditions that would aggravate an emergency situation and you can work to eliminate them.If your community experiences a disaster, be sure to register on the American Red Cross Safe and Well website to let your family and friends know you are safe.Or, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) and select the prompt for "Disaster" to register yourself and your family.Your plan should outline when emergency procedures will be implemented, and who has the authority to activate the plan.Did you know there is a 1 in 4 chance of a major earthquake in Vancouver within the next 50 years?Since emergencies will occur, preplanning is necessary.An urgent need for rapid decisions, shortage of time, and lack of resources and trained personnel can lead to chaos during an emergency.From this analysis, appropriate emergency procedures can be established.At the planning stage, it is important that several groups be asked to participate.The lack of an emergency plan could lead to severe losses such as multiple casualties and possible financial collapse of the organization.An attitude of "it can't happen here" may be present.