Prepare Your Work

You're there eight hours a day, shouldn't you know what to do?

Whether you work in an office of 1 or 1,000, knowing what to do in an emergency could be life-saving. And just as you do at home with your families, make sure you and your co-workers know what to do in any kind of emergency. Being prepared doesn’t just apply to your next meeting.


Five simple steps:

  • Locate all emergency exits and know the safest place to go in each type of situation.
  • Get familiar with your employer’s emergency response plan.
  • If your employer doesn’t have a comprehensive safety and evacuation plan in place, volunteer to help put one together.
  • Take a CPR and/or a first-aid class.
  • Post emergency numbers for fire, rescue and police in an area where they will be seen.

Other steps for employers:

  • Put a building evacuation plan for all types of emergencies in place that is regularly practiced.
  • Keep first-aid supplies in stock and easily accessible, informing employees of its location.
  • Make sure at least one person on staff is CPR-certified.
  • Be aware of any employee’s medical condition that may require special needs, care or attention, and appoint someone to assist them, if necessary.
  • Keep employee contact and medical information current with correct information.
  • Keep copies of important records in a waterproof, fireproof portable container, including employee contact info. Store a second set at an off-site location.
  • Set up a telephone calling tree, an email alert or call-in voice recording during an emergency.

How ready is your company? Find your Ready Rating.

Provided by the American Red Cross, Ready Rating is a program that helps businesses, schools and organizations become prepared for disasters and other emergencies. All in one place, Ready Rating members have access to one-of-a-kind tools for evaluating and improving their ability to withstand disaster, maintain operations, and protect lives and property. Whether you are taking your first steps or have a fully-functioning emergency management program, the Ready Rating program can help you achieve a higher level of preparedness.

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