Why Emergency Management is Important


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September 16, 2019

In an emergency, having access to critical data of who and where people are within your organization can mean the difference between life and death. This is why it is extremely important to have an up to date evacuation plan to make sure you know who is on and off-site at all times. At WhosOnLocation, we want everyone to know that there is a safer way to manage emergency evacuations.  

Are you prepared?

If an evacuation or natural disaster were to happen at this very moment would you and your company be prepared to get out safely? If the answer is no, you need to do something about it before an evacuation event becomes a reality. The problem with evacuations is that no one knows when they are going to happen, therefore we always have to be prepared to the best of our ability. 

To prepare for an emergency you must have a plan in place that can vary if needed due to the unknown nature of the event that can occur. Here are four steps that will help you create a well-constructed plan for an emergency evacuation:

1. Mitigation and Prevention:

Prevention is the most important step of all. If this step is done well, the less damage control that will need to take place in the future. Ask yourself – what can I do to reduce or eliminate the risk of injury/damage to people and property?

2. Preparedness:

Prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Plan for the absolute worst-case scenario so you are ready for anything. Appoint emergency roles such as floor wardens, and have regular drills and trainings.

3. Response:

Follow the emergency plan (evacuation steps, communication, and leadership roles) but allow for flexibility when necessary.

4. Recovery:

Provide a supportive environment post-emergency, deal with any post-emergency communications, and discuss learnings. This will loop back into Mitigation & Prevention and inform the plan for future crises.

Emergency Management Technology

Our emergency management tool WolEvac helps you account for everyone on-site in the case of an emergency. You can track cleared zones, allow people to self-verify their safety via SMS, view requests for help and monitor real-time evacuation progress all within the WolEvac mobile application.

WolEvac syncs a snapshot from your WhosOnLocation account of who is on-site at the time the evacuation event is created so first responders, wardens and safety marshals have accurate information about who is on-site in an emergency. These users will be able to share critical messages, view real-time verification progress and manually verify the safety of anyone on-site. This makes evacuations effective and easily managed in what can be a high-stress situation.

Why use it?

WhosOnLocation actively encourages businesses to use evacuation management technology to run evacuations. An effectively exercised and accessible emergency response plan can minimize the impacts of an emergency on employees, the environment, and infrastructure. It can make all the difference not only around emergency services response time but the general organization of evacuation events.  

The benefits of emergency management technology:

  • Inexpensive

WolEvac is included in all WhosOnLocation subscription so you don’t have to worry about any additional costs. 

  • Instant updates

When an emergency takes place, as soon as you create a “WolEvac Event” it takes a snapshot of who is on/offsite at the time. This critical information will account for everyone, making it easier to ensure their safety.

  • Efficiency

It is simply more efficient. Businesses are constantly changing, therefore, there is a need to maintain up-to-date response plans so you are always prepared. This technology will remove the time-consuming administration and eliminate repeat updates.

Get testing!

Use this chance to ensure your emergency processes and procedures are as effective as they can be before an emergency event happens. The risk from natural disasters, not to mention building fires and other events, is real, and there is a good chance your office building will have to be evacuated at some stage. Don’t leave the safety of those you are responsible for to chance.

Implement visitor/evacuation management technology today and make sure everyone is accounted for in an emergency.