Did you know that in 2015, the U.S. lost 522 people and almost $5 billion in property damage as a result of natural disasters? It’s a sobering fact—and a reminder that natural disasters can affect us where we live and work. It also reminds us to take action and prepare for when disasters strike. Disasters can affect you whether you work in a dry area, on the coast, in the mountains, or in a valley, and there is always something that can be done to minimize damage.
As a result, the National Weather Service has some disaster preparedness guidelines for you to utilize in an emergency.
But first, consider the different types of natural disasters that could affect you:
- Volcanic eruptions
- Rain/Snow/Wind storms
Here are six tips to help you prepare your facility for these types of disasters:
- Make sure to get regular building inspections, and correct any issues that are found to be hazardous.
- Establish routine housekeeping and maintenance measures to withstand disaster in buildings and surrounding areas. This helps prevent fire and dangerous debris from being caught in the wind during a storm.
- Keep together and maintain supplies and equipment required in a disaster. This can include flashlights, batteries, radios, and fire extinguishers.
- Prepare and keep an up-to-date set of documentation, including building floor plans with locations of cut-off switches and valves and a list of names and contact information of personnel with emergency responsibilities.
- Practice building wide safety drills, including fire drills and tornado drills. Post signs with directions for these drills throughout the building.
- After a disaster occurs, use the experience to adjust your response in the future. What could have been done differently?
The best way to minimize the devastating effects of natural disasters is to plan, prepare and ensure the environment is safe. For more information, contact GCA Services Group at firstname.lastname@example.org.