If someone asked you if you are prepared for an emergency at work, how would you respond? Would your response be knowledgeable of possible emergency situations along with your resources? Or would you fail to recognize such situations and feel as though you may be unprepared if the unexpected came your way? You really never know when such a question will come your way, so always be prepared. Today we will cover 4 different ways you should be prepared for an emergency as a Connecticut business owner.
First Aid, CPR, and AED
Some work environments require these certifications, while others don’t. Even if it is not mandatory that your employees get certified in First Aid, CPR, and AED it is still a good idea. As the saying goes “better safe than sorry.” You’ll work better knowing that your employees know what to do if someone is in an emergency situation. Visit the American Red Cross website to see classes available in your area for First Aid, CPR, and AED certification.
Emergency Phone Numbers
Keep a log of emergency phone numbers on hand. During an emergency you don’t want to catch yourself wasting time rummaging around to find phone numbers. Be sure to have a list, out in the open so everyone knows where it is. Include emergency contacts such as the local police station, and fire department. Also make sure you have a list of your employees personal emergency contacts. This list may not be one you keep openly accessible to employees, for privacy reasons, but make sure you know exactly where to find it when you need it.
Natural Disaster Protocol
Even if you are located in an area with low chances of natural disaster, it is still important to be prepared. It was only a few years ago that a tornado swept through parts of Connecticut and Massachusetts, devastating some communities. So even though it may not be likely, it is still certainly possible! A few things you may want to ask yourself when it comes to natural disasters and your business are: Is there a safe place for me and my employees to retreat to in case of a natural disaster? Is my business prepared if we lose electricity (flashlights, generators. etc.)? Is my Connecticut Business Insurance policy going to cover this? Be proactive, and keep in mind that anything is possible!
Sometimes emergency situations are inevitable, but when you are prepared to handle them you can find yourself in the best case scenario. Reach out to us about other ways your Connecticut Business is prepared for an emergency, we would be happy to share it around!