Do you have procedures in place in the event of a power outage or attack? These days, many companies rely on fire safety procedures for these situations, however, as they are unique situations, it’s a good idea to consider devising plans specifically for these situations.
Specific things to consider during power outages
- If the main power fails, make sure you have an independent backup power source like a UPS for critical business functions and a dedicated central battery system for emergency lighting.
- Make sure all escape routes can be sufficiently lit using your backup power system to be used safely in an emergency.
- Plan what additional assistance you may have to give to the vulnerable, such as disabled people and children.
- Ensure all emergency exit signage is highly visible and easy to read even in low light conditions.
Specific things to consider during attacks
- Make escape routes available and unobstructed at all times, avoiding the use of doors and gates at main exit points.
- Once a major incident is declared, the police would normally assume full authority onsite, so it’s worth being prepared by nominating a senior team member to act as a liaison officer.
- If possible, identify where you can evacuate people to a point of relative safety, before moving them to a place of total safety.