Commercial Property Managers wear many hats. They are responsible for the day-to-day operations of the buildings they supervise and ultimately the overall maintenance schedule to maintain the property’s value and security. With all this on their plate, risk assessment and preparedness often falls to the wayside.
This is especially dangerous in today’s climate, as we live in a time when anything can happen – fires, extreme weather, environmental hazards, disease outbreak, terrorism, active shooter or other man-made disasters. Daily routines can be disrupted with little or no warning. If you have an ‘Emergency Preparedness Plan’ in place, it could increase the chance of survival for your building’s occupants.
Preparing ahead of an emergency can play a vital role in ensuring those involved have the right equipment, know where to go and how to respond to hazardous incidents in order to keep safe. Check out Asset Management’s blog on ‘Commercial Property Managers and Risk Management’ where you will find a variety of emergency preparedness suggestions and the list below to establish your Emergency Action Plan (EAP) and minimize risk of life and property.
Top 9 Emergency Preparedness Actions to Have In Place:
1) Resource Management – Property managers should have the necessary resources available in case of an emergency, as well as educate tenants and/or employees as to location and instructions on how to use those resources.
2) Emergency Response – Create a plan that will protect property, environment and ultimately people for all the various emergency scenarios.
3) Crisis Communication – Develop a plan to communicate with employees, tenants, customers, emergency response team and media during and following an emergency.
4) Evacuation Plan – Design an exit plan and building alert system to notify building occupants when an emergency evacuation arises. Have well-lit exit routes, signs and evacuation maps throughout the building.
5) Shelter in Place – In certain situations, such as active shooter, it is often safer for those involved to shelter-in-place. When possible, educate employees or tenants ahead of time where the safest locations are in the building.
6) Lockdown – Train those in charge on how to lockdown the building in the case of violent situations or emergencies.
7) Active Shooter – Have regular drills for active shooters so that occupants understand the need to remain calm, call 911 operator and remain on line until police arrive.
8) Parking Lot Safety – Besides having well-lit lots and garages, educate tenants, guests or employees on the need stay alert and aware of their surroundings in parking lots.
9) Workplace Emergency – If you are a property manager of a business complex, it is important to educate businesses of having their own workplace emergency contingency plan in place.
While all property managers should have an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) in place, certain industries must meet OSHA standards, it is the law. In the end, it is smart risk management to plan for emergencies in order to protect your building’s occupants and mitigate loss of property and life.
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