BC Hazmat Management’s headquarters are on Vancouver Island so we are keenly aware of the risks and dangers of BC, especially coastal and Island communities when it comes to the potential of a deadly earthquake. Being prepared is the key to both personal and business survival. Does your company have an earthquake preparedness plan?
If you answered no to the question, then when (not if) the serious quake comes you may find that your staff, your customers, and your business all will have serious survival issues. A plan for yourself, your family, your home is not the same as one for your business. You can find some generic plans online but it’s been our experience that they leave much to be desired and many specific areas are often not covered. Every business is different. Every region is different.
If you have a plan did its creation involve collaboration with your staff? Is it sitting in a binder somewhere and has not been looked at in years? Our team at BC Hazmat Management has years of experience both in the safety industry but also in business and we will tell you point blank your management will not have thought of all the key issues facing your staff in an earthquake. You must involve your staff at all levels. If you have a Joint Health and Safety Committee this is a great start. Make sure they are involved and connected to the creation and implementation of your EPP (Earthquake Preparedness Plan).
In creating a plan the next thing you need to know are the right things to consider, the right questions to ask. This is where having someone experienced in the development of an EPP comes into play. Lead by David Rogers, the team at BC Hazmat Management has the experience and knowledge required to guide you through the process. We have created plans for small and large corporations and governments. All that experience will help us work with your team at your business to create a plan that makes sense has buy-in and will make a difference when the time comes.
Working with both the leadership and staff at your business, we will focus on not only how to keep them safe during the earthquake event, what to do right after, a week after, and how to get your business up and running again. Planning and training are the best resources to make it through and past an earthquake or any major disaster.