Practice Resources

Critical Emergency Procedures

Critical emergency preparedness steps for occupational physicians:
  • Inventory existing in-house emergency plans
  • Know your responsibilities and stay within them
  • Contact local fire department to coordinate emergency planning
  • Contact local emergency planning council to coordinate emergency planning
  • Assess vulnerabilities at your institution
  • Appoint emergency planner for facility
  • Appoint a “wet blanket” to critique your emergency plan
  • Exercise your emergency plan with and without your “experts”
  • Know your resources and how to access them immediately and in various ways
  • “Semper gumby” – practice flexibility
  • Create an incident command structure for your facility
  • Learn what your community’s plan is for your facility (what do they expect of you)
  • Develop a relationship with the media
  • Assure that there is mental health support in your plan
  • Develop badge systems that allow access to your site for key personnel
  • Develop one button broadcast distribution lists
  • Develop redundant communication plans
  • Security is a major concern, plan with your local police department
  • Extend mutual aid compacts beyond public safety officers to include hospitals (emergency medical credentialing) and industries with emergency response resources