The threat of an emergency at work doesn’t just risk the lives of your employees and customers -- it also risks the life of your business itself. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), between 25-40% of businesses do not reopen and fail within one year of experiencing a major disaster. The best way to protect your team and business is to prepare for the worst case scenario.
Employers should train their employees to effectively respond to an emergency with an emergency action plan. At a minimum, your emergency action plan should include the following:
During an emergency, the first step is to let people know that an emergency is happening -- a mass notification system is useful for this purpose. The next step is to stay connected and communicate throughout the duration of the event -- for that you need lightning fast communication.
Historically, first responders use traditional land mobile radios (LMRs) to connect during a crisis. But as modern push-to-talk technology improves, more businesses are adding push-to-talk mobile devices into their emergency action response plan. There are many benefits of push to talk, walkie talkie apps over traditional radios, texting, and calling.
By their very nature, emergencies can’t be predicted. The best you can do is fully prepare yourself and your business with a comprehensive emergency action plan. A crucial part of any emergency action plan is a method of communication for your employees. You need answers to questions like:
There are many benefits to answering these questions by using push-to-talk apps like Zello for emergencies. These apps have life-saving features and compare favorably to traditional methods of communication, like radios, calling, and texting. To learn more about Zello’s push-to-talk emergency app, request a demo below.