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GSN Magazine June 2016 Digital Edition


PLAN. PREPARE. ACT. 10 ways you can improve your readiness HOW YOU CAN REDUCE THE IMPACT OF AN EMERGENCY OR DISASTER It could be in a movie theater, in a classroom, at work, in a train station or airport, or as we recently saw in Orlando, Fla., having a night out with friends. When an emergency or disaster happens, we don’t usually see it coming. Even if you aren’t trained as an emergency responder, there are important steps you can take to prepare before the unthinkable strikes. Always Have a Plan. Preparation and planning reduce panic in an emergency situation. A plan provides a helpful structure in a chaotic situation. No matter where you 1 are, always think about a plan. Be Alert and Observant. First signs of an impending disaster or emergency are often encountering something odd or out of place. If you see something, say something. Always trust your instincts. And make it a habit to observe your surroundings and know where exit doors are 2 located no matter where you are. Have an Alternate Communications Plan. Telephone and Internet will be overwhelmed or no longer in-service. Use social media provided alternatives such as the Facebook emergency check-in feature or develop an emergency text group to have the ability to contact 3 key people with one text. Having an out-of-state contact number to check-in sometimes may be easier to reach than a local number. 6 office. 7 8 Learn 4 Maintain Basic Supplies. Personal phones are everyone’s lifeline. Keep a spare phone charger in your pocketbook, briefcase or Ensure you have a car charger for your phone in case of a loss in power. Don’t Be a Social Media Hound. During a disaster or emergency situation, don’t stop or delay your escape by taking a video, tweeting or Snapchatting. Protect yourself by leaving the danger area immediately. Seconds count. Basic First Aid and CPR. During an emergency, first responders may be delayed and hospitals may be swamped with the seriously injured. Knowing basic first aid can keep you and others alive until professional assistance can reach you. Learn the next level of first aid for how to control bleeding. Establish a Meeting Place. Choose a safe, familiar place for family members and friends to go in the event of an emergency. Even when out for the day or night with a group of family or friends, agree on a meeting location. 9 Stay Informed. Authoritative information will be critical during an emergency. Have a means to stay connected to a reliable, accurate information source so you can act accordingly. Be cautious of acting on rumors. Question non-professionals giving advice or direction. 5 Be Prepared to Evacuate. Always be prepared to evacuate your location with your car and house keys, wallet and phone. Always keep them accessible for a quick exit. Always train—take these items even during drills. Don’t find yourself stranded. 10 Stay Calm. Resist Panic. If an emergency comes up, take a quick moment and stop, assess and form a plan of action. Panic always makes a bad situation worse. You can act with urgency while not being in panic mode. APPRIOINC.COM

Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response To be prepared is to be safe: How having a personal safety plan can keep you alive By Mike Pena, Apprio Inc. The threats that are unfortunately becoming common around the world are challenging us to be ever vigilant in our surroundings and to prepare for the fight that we often never see coming. You could be sitting in a movie theater, in Mike Pena a classroom, at work, in a train station or airport, or as we recently have seen in Orlando, Fla., having a night out with friends when the unthinkable happens. The nature of disasters, emergencies and even terrorist attacks is that they erupt unexpectedly and throw normal lives into chaos. As an emergency manager, you play a critical role in fortifying preparedness postures and mitigating potential damages for your organization and its employees. But the reality is that emergencies often happen outside of your organization’s boundaries, and one of the most important things you can do to keep everyone safe is to train them to think about security in their everyday lives. Even for people who are not trained as emergency responders, knowing how we prepare before an emergency strikes can make a critical difference in the magnitude of its impact. There are simple steps you can take now that will ensure that individuals are sufficiently prepared and able to respond in a way that will maximize their survivability and reduce the chance a bad situation will get worse. This article is a primer, as well as a call to action, to bolster your security stance by suggesting ways you can equip your staff, their families and friends with advance preparation techniques to help everyone stay as safe as possible. In addition to providing some basic pointers for promoting employee safety within this article, you can also download a short employee primer that you can make available to your staff in order to promote awareness and safety in everything they do. 21 Survivability Increases for Those Who Are Prepared and Have a Plan on How to React Luckily, every person reading this already has the most important tool for keeping them safe: your brain. But, your brain can also be a liability. How? There are two ways your brain can engage: by instinct or rationality. In the most literal sense, it is the difference between living and dying. In every emergency, panic ensues. Without preparation or a plan, the instinct to panic becomes the default behavior for people suddenly confronted by danger. Panic will always make a bad situation much worse. To reinforce that phenomena, research some of the past night club