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Emergency Management Consulting

"Emergencies aren’t going to happen to me. They happen to others.”


This statement is often repeated by many when asked if they have written Emergency Action Plans for their business. Just ask the people affected by Hurricane Katrina, Storm “Sandy”, the Boston Marathon Bombing, the movie theater shootings in Aurora, CO or Lafayette, LA, and so on. Relying solely on a rapid response to a “911” call may be a big mistake.

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Custom Emergency Action Plans

According to OSHA regulations, nearly every employer is required to have an Emergency Action Plan (EAP)?” “The only exemption to this is if you have an in-house fire brigade in which every employee is trained and equipped to fight fires, and consequently, no one evacuates.” In most circumstances, immediate evacuation is the best policy, especially if professional firefighting services are available to respond quickly. There may be situations where employee firefighting is warranted to give other workers time to escape, or to prevent danger to others by spread of a fire. In this case, you as the employer are still required to have an EAP.

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Children, Schools and Teachers

The Massachusetts Department of Education and the Massachusetts Legislature have adopted comprehensive education curricula for all students in the Commonwealth. In addition to the required curriculum, all schools (Coan, 2012) are required to conduct four fire drills each year. Superintendents are required to review each School Safety Plan, and each school must adhere to strict state anti-bullying policies. The Department of Education and the 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts have written plans designed to protect their students in the event of a local or regional emergency. The problem is there are few programs in elementary, middle and high schools designed to teach the youth of Massachusetts what to do in an emergency and how to think on their own.

Funeral Home Facilities

There is a statistic that is often quoted today and it states “80% of businesses affected by a major incident close within 18 months.”  Although the actual number has often been debated, according to a report prepared by Continuity Central (2008), titled Business Continuity Statistics: Where Myth Meets Fact, researchers are less confident with the “80%” figure but appear confident that following a catastrophic event many business’ will fail. So why not learn what your risks are and take the necessary action to minimize the threat to you and your facility and BE PREPARED.

Beyond Businesses

What would you or your family member do in the event of a sudden, unexpected major weather event (i.e. an earthquake or tornado) and you were driving in your car or shopping at a mall?


Some schools have emergency action plans to care for the students while they are in the care and custody of the school district but what happens when they leave school at the end of the day? Where do they go? Do they know what to do?

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