Are you and your medical office prepared in case of an earthquake?
How often do you ever hear a co-worker or someone in the office talk about earthquakes? It may be mentioned every now and then but how prepared are you in case one does take place?
Making a solid plan is something most people and businesses put off, so I want to shed some light on what to do and how to prepare, should an earthquake happen.
5 Tips To Prepare Your Employees
1. Having a dedicated person in charge of coordination would be beneficial to everyone in the office. This way, should any emergency take place, this person can take charge and direct everyone what to do.
2. Make sure all the employees in the office know the drills such as duck and cover. This rule can save people from injuries and even death. Make sure that all employees and people in the office know where it is safe to go.
3. Create a list of emergency contacts for staff members. You want to make sure this is easily accessible in case of an emergency.
4. Have an earthquake emergency kit or multiple throughout your office. Make sure it has all the essential items to be able to survive for at least 3 days or 72 hours. Items in this earthquake kit would include blankets, water, first aid supplies etc. Contact your local expert for all details.
5. Plan and practice an evacuation of your building. Make sure all staff members know where the exits are. The best practice is to let all employees know where a meeting point will be. It is always best to be prepared!
Prepare an Emergency Response Plan For Your Practice
Emergencies and disasters can happen at any time without warning. The more you are prepared for one, the better off you and your staff members will be able to act which in turn will minimize panic and confusion.
Relatively speaking, sometimes smaller practices have much more to lose than larger practices because of higher costs or lack of resources.
Start off by asking yourself these basic questions:
-How well is my office prepared right now?
-What procedures do I have in place?
-What potential emergency situations could occur?
Answering these questions could be vital for you and your employees in your office.
Here are some basic guidelines:
- Determine the conditions under which an evacuation would be necessary.
- Ensure that evacuation routes and exits are: Wide enough to accommodate the number of staff members and patients who need to get out. Clear and unobstructed at all times (designate someone to check these daily).
- Coordinate your plan with the local emergency management office.
- Establish specific evacuation procedures.
I hope you enjoyed this article on how to prepare your small and medium medical office in case of an earthquake or any other natural disaster.
I want to give credit where credit is due, and that is to www.earthquakekitbc.com . The team over there have an extensive knowledge when it comes to emergency kits, especially for an earthquake.…