This week’s heavy storms and tornadoes made more of us think about natural disasters, as well as the man-made types which are most often on our minds. There also is a need to consider larger, industrial strength emergencies.
Industrial Strength Emergencies
by Robert Taylor
Emergencies and disasters come in all forms, and I strive to cover as many scenarios as possible with these email updates to my readers.
It’s become clear to me recently that many of my readers are business owners as well as survivalists and preppers, so I thought this would be a great opportunity to do a piece on industrial emergency preparation for those concerned about disasters in the workplace.
Often, especially when it comes to businesses, just the act of preparing is a very revealing process.
Planning and preparation helps industries and corporations discover any hazardous problems or conditions that could aggravate a situation if left unrecognized. When there is preparation, deficiencies are immediately brought to light.
Some of these deficiencies could include resource-lack (e.g. lack of personnel that are adequately trained, lack of supplies, lack of equipment, to name a few).
Knowing these details beforehand helps correct any lack in the soonest possible time.
It also prevents major losses and casualties as well as financial organizational collapse.
Another advantage of preparing for an industrial emergency is that it helps promote appropriate safety and awareness among the workers as well as present a company that is concerned with the welfare of all its staff.
The first step in industrial emergency prep is to establish a team. As much as possible, set-up a good planning group. A leader must be chosen as based on their appropriate capabilities and skills. Particular tasks should also be assigned to teams or individuals.
It’s also important to assess the preparations the organization currently has against risks such as power failure, damage in structures, among others.
In an emergency such as flooding, contacting the manager of the local floodplain as well as other flood officials helps organization and industries learn the risks involved.
Using building materials that are flood-resistant, erecting a physical barrier as well as anchoring structures and tanks is one of the ways to prepare in advance for flood emergencies.
Meanwhile, preparing against high winds is by reinforcing the roof as well as the side panels. Covering windows is also important, covering the doors and removing any objects that are loose from the industrial plant’s site is a must.
As much as possible, have a backup emergency power such as a battery storage, power and heat system combined. It is also vital that contact utility info be obtained in case of a power outage.
It is important that there is a plan developed during, before as well as after a particular emergency. Protocols should be established for the welfare of the employees, especially their safety and similarly the readiness of the site.Emergency power should also be updated as well as the options for power supply.
Communication emergency systems must also be established.
Responsibilities for each staff member with regards to the recovery, shutdown and restart procedure should be outlined.
An evacuation plan should also be developed including employee support.
Procedures on shutting down the utility and the safe processing of operations is a necessity.
Methods in protecting records, inventory and materials must also be developed.
Staying in touch with the operations emergency center on your own state is important. In this stage, the appropriate preparation, shutdown, emergency backup and evacuation should be started.
All in all, the final stage is the recovery process and the assessment of the damages brought by the emergency as well as in prioritizing needed repairs.