Why Every Building Should Have an Emergency Action Plan

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Why Every Building Should Have an Emergency Action Plan

No business wants to experience a disaster or emergency. Planning for the worst can seem daunting, especially if you don’t know what to look for or what the possible threats to your commercial security are. That’s why it’s extremely important to utilize professionals to help you with an emergency action plan

OPS Security Group - Outsourced Security - Emergency PlanEmergency preparedness is the act of planning and preparing for emergencies. It can be anything from a natural disaster to a man-made disaster. Being prepared for an emergency is beneficial in many ways. It helps to reduce the emotional and physical trauma that people go through during an emergency as well as reduce the financial impact of disasters on individuals, communities, and businesses.

Every building or facility should have an emergency action plan in place to create a safe environment for both employees and visitors. The emergency plans should be updated and reviewed with all of the employees regularly, as it’s crucial that everyone knows what their role would be in case of an unexpected crisis.

What is an Emergency Action Plan?

An emergency action plan is a document that outlines the steps to take in the event of an emergency. A emergency action plan of high quality is a critical part of success in commercial security and it should cover things such as how to evacuate the building, how to react in the event of a fire, and what to do in the case of a bomb threat. It should also include who needs access to what information during, as well as after an emergency. To ensure maximum preparedness and safety, there is a technical document guided by OSHA standards that will help guide you to creating a sufficient emergency action plan

What are the Benefits of Having an Emergency Action Plan?

Emergency action plans are important for any business to have. They provide the framework necessary for a company to respond quickly in the event of an emergency. 

The benefits of having an emergency action plan include:

  • Helping employees and customers stay safe in the event of an emergency
  • Providing an outline for quick response to emergencies
  • Helping your company recover more quickly from emergencies
  • Providing peace of mind
  • Allowing people to feel confident during an emergency

Minimum Requirements for an Emergency Action Plan with OSHA Standards

OSHA standards have minimum requirements for an emergency action plan which must include the following:

  • Clear methods of reporting fires and other disasters
  • Evacuation procedures and emergency escape routes in your facility
  • Protocols for accounting for all employees after an evacuation
  • Procedures for employees who must handle critical facility operations before evacuation
  • Lists of persons to be contacted in case of an emergency
  • Rescue and medical duties for designated employees

Implementing Emergency Response

Writing an emergency plan means nothing without incorporating the most effective strategies that will allow your company to succeed. Emergency preparedness isn’t about looking good on paper—it’s about putting concrete measures in place that will give results in the future. 

There are four steps to implementing an emergency response strategy according to OSHA standards:

  1. Creating an emergency action plan
  2. Assigning authority to an emergency coordinator 
  3. Training employees on evacuation procedures, medical and safety procedures.
  4. Reviewing and updating emergency plans to reflect new regulations or workplace changes

Having a set coordinator to manage employees during a crisis and determine whether or not the situation is an emergency, will create peace of mind for employees and ensure commercial security protocols are followed. 

Employee training is also crucial to emergency preparedness because they need to be aware of more specific procedures and tasks such as:

  • ​Their roles and responsibilities
  • Risks, threats, potential hazards and how to minimize them
  • Communication procedures for notification and warning others
  • How to locate and contact family members
  • Emergency response procedures
  • Procedure for evacuation, shelter and accountability
  • How to locate and use emergency equipment 
  • Shutdown procedures


It is absolutely crucial for your company to be prepared for emergencies to ensure safety and effectiveness. While it may seem like these unexpected events may never happen to you, it is essential to be prepared. You never know when an unexpected emergency will take place. By reviewing and revising the emergency plans in place as well as training your employees, it will help strengthen your building’s commercial security

About OPS
OPS Security Group has over 80 years of combined experience protecting executives, businesses, residents, guests and government officials throughout Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Washington D.C. and New Jersey. As a regional security alternative with a service-first approach, we offer a level of customer service that international providers are too big to deliver. If you’d like to learn more, you can contact us at https://opssecuritygroup.com/contact/

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