The Emergency Notification System plays a key role in recovering from a disaster and continuing any business. Just imagine what happens if a fire accident that took place in an organization with untrained staff, is not notified to the fire department immediately. Yes! Absolutely nothing remains to continue the business and the enterprise owners would be gone for good.
Any business without Emergency Notification System (ENS) will be a dead duck and simply gives up the ghost in market. Don’t let your business foiled for a simple reason. BCDR plan accompanied by an ENS helps the business to overcome any mishap. The person who is in charge of developing a BCDR plan will be made responsible for preparing a well thought out and highly detailed Emergency Notification System.
Emergency Notification System alerts everyone on existing situation through the following steps:
- Initial step would be to call 911, explain the situation in case of a disaster and get immediate help.
- Try to get the situation under control by informing the Emergency service providing departments such as fire, medical etc. that you feel appropriate.
- Inform the Management and key personnel of that organization about the disaster and seek their help.
- Emergency alerting horn/ Warning siren systems must be set up in place to give away warnings automatically. This helps get the staff away from the dangerous premises.
- Latest technologies also can be used in alerting the staff such as texting, voice mail etc. with details regarding the disaster, evacuation and assembling points.
- As a matter of fact all the employees must be trained and should be made aware of basic procedures to follow in order to prevent any major harm or injuries.
- Company’s stakeholders should be given regular updates on the situation.
- ENS should include the procedure to follow while informing the person’s family members in case of his death or injury.
- Once the situation is under control and proper working conditions are in sight, all the staff must be informed to return to their duties.
- ENS should be updated in a regular basis with contact details of key persons and tested often in order to achieve best results.
- ENS plan should be designed simple enough to be activated at once to suppress the failures incorporated in delays when the disaster strikes.
- The chaos due to various speculations on the disaster in public and media can be driven away by any designated person in the organization with proper knowledge on actual incident.
The Emergency Notification System should be flexible enough to be adaptable to any kind of disaster that is undeniably going to take place without prior warning. Being prepared to face the mishaps with ENS in place assures the initial recovery of a business. A properly implemented ENS plan followed by a Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR) plan can save as many lives as possible along with the property in order to restore the business and let it run as before.