Having a disaster-ready workplace can help your organization and your employees bounce back quicker after an emergency. To prepare your culture, consider the following:
- Listen to your workforce. They know your organization and the community better than anyone. Seek their input on where they see your disaster-related strengths and weaknesses.
- Care for your workforce. Determine in advance how you will care for employees during and after a disaster. Will you establish a relief fund for workers? Will you provide beds and meals for employees and their families?
- Be transparent about disaster preparedness strategies, policies, and procedures in advance. Conduct drills that involve all staff (as appropriate). Seek everyone’s input on how things could be done different or better.
- Establish relationships. Connect in advance with transportation companies, physician practices, hospitals, and relief agencies whose services or support you might need.
- Practice your culture. After an emergency, involve all staff in reviewing and evaluating the response. Encourage everyone to be open and honest about what worked and what didn’t.