Odds are, most commercial property owners, property managers, and tenants don’t have an emergency preparedness plan available for use in the event of a site emergency or disaster. The reasons for this can vary quite a bit: “I don’t have enough time; it’s not high on my priority list; where do I start; how do I put it together; I can’t afford one”, etc.
The reality is … the availability of a well-defined emergency preparedness plan should be assigned a high priority and not viewed as a “nice to have” option. There are many advantages to having an emergency plan in place, including providing critical time savings during an actual emergency, avoidance of potential legal claims as a result of not having an emergency plan, costs savings from minimizing the emergency, and most importantly the elimination and/or reduction of injuries and death.
An effective emergency preparedness plan should have the following attributes:
- Quick and easy multi-user access over the Internet or via strategically placed hardcopy paper versions. It should be relatively simple to use and understand. An emergency plan that is too difficult to interpret during an emergency is nearly useless.
- It should include a list of all contacts, their responsibilities, and phone numbers.
- Site blueprints and marked locations (gathering/safe areas, evacuation routes, fire extinguishers, etc.).
- Flexibility to respond to different types of emergencies listing the procedures specific to the particular emergency.
Our team at Massaro Restoration has created an easy to use, free online template for property/site managers to use in order to create a custom emergency preparedness plan specific to their needs. The plan is called “Priority Extreme”. It is located on the Massaro Restoration website and is accessed by clicking on the Priority Extreme tab. After which you will enter your username and password and begin to build your emergency preparedness plan….all free of charge.
If you need help navigating the site, please do not hesitate to call for assistance. We are happy to help you through the program, call 412.599.0023.
We hope you never have an emergency but in the event that you do, we’ll be there to assist in any needs that you encounter. We are at your service!