Power outages are no fun, unless you are a 17 year old dreading the SAT tutoring session his mom set up. Sitting at home yesterday afternoon, working at my table, the rain that was promised began-nothing major but there was a chance of a thunderstorm. All of a sudden the power went out-no thunder-no lightening-only the chirp from above, “I guess I won’t have my tutoring session today!”, even though it was still an hour away:) Nice try kid but Zoom still works on your phone! Being prepared is always better than trying to figure it out when it happens, work or home.
At work, the ERP (Emergency Response Plan) or your EAP (Emergency Action Plan) will cover all the potential situations related to weather, fire, evacuations & shelter plans/drills, incidents (injuries/spills), site security plans, etc. Contact Safety Sarah if you need support on creating and implementing these plans or if you want your plans reviewed. email@example.com
HOME DRILLS…WHO DOES THEM?
Schools practice so many drills (bus, fire, shelter in place, active shooter, etc.) Workplaces practice drills for a variety of different things similar to the schools with a few variations. What do you practice at home? Many people will say none-Let’s change that today! With many people working from home these days, I challenge you to make a list of scenarios with everyone in your home and discuss emergency plans on “what? how? when? why? and who?”. How will you put them into place. This may require some planning but I promise you it will be worth it. Many people have elderly family living with them, young children, pets, other extended family so get them all involved. If you have pets and they participate then I want to hear about it:) Here is a link from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) that goes over some things to have handy in emergencies-print it as a resource & guide. https://www.ready.gov/sites/default/files/2020-03/ready_emergency-supply-kit-checklist.pdf
I would love positive feedback from people if they accepted my challenge and made a list, a plan, or had a conversation-let’s all work together to make everyone as safe at home in any emergency! Send an email to Safety Sarah firstname.lastname@example.org
Enjoy the day and as always, Safety Sarah Says…Safety 1st!