Last post focused on gathering emergency information and compiling it into a single document that can be posted in your office and at the homes of your staff. This post deals with safety in the building where your office is located. Since 911, the New York City Fire Department implemented an emergency process for buildings that includes regular evacuation and life safety drills at least once a year, a building emergency team, the designation point for evacuated tenants, recommendations for staff accountability and new processes that support both evacuation and shelter-in-place scenarios.
Here is a more in-depth article on talking with your building manager about building safety. http://www.houtkinconsulting.com/FacilitiesPosted.pdf
Some information that you may want to add to your emergency notification card that you would gather after your discussion with your building manager is:
- Building Manager contact
- Building Manager contact number
- Building Manager Office Location
- Building Emergency Number
- Evacuation path on your floor
- External building meeting point in the case of evacuation
- Your Floor Wardens: Names and contact Information
- Floor Searchers: Male and Female
- Personnel trained in CPR on your floor
- Location of Fire Phone on your Floor
- Location of defibrillator
Your business emergency notification may look like this with this additional information.