What is the difference between good and great when it comes to preparing for emergencies?
We all understand the need to be able to respond to an emergency in the best possible way to ensure the best possible outcome. How can clubs ensure we are achieving GREAT emergency management?
Prevention –Do regular checks of the building and equipment and look with an awareness of safety concerns. Keep safety related items well maintained.
Practice – No two emergencies are identical, the only way for people to have confidence in the moment of dealing with an emergency is to run through practice situations. Hands on practice and training for club leaders is important.
Preparation – Nothing beats being prepared for an emergency – here are some key ways:
Emergency Action Plan
Have a one or two page document posted in key locations with the vital emergency information to help everyone in an emergency situation.
Make sure it includes: actual address for clubhouse (911 address); any special directions to the location; information about the site; where to find safety materials like first aid kits; and responsibilities that need to be taken care of in an emergency. (Sample EAP is available in COAST Resources).
This is a more detailed document that gives direction to a wide variety of potential situations. Creating and reviewing this document allows club leaders to think about “what if” type situations and prepare for the worst. Procedures should also include information on prevention type activities such as regular fire extinguisher and first aid kit checks.
Are your documents up to date? Does everyone know what to do in an emergency?
After an emergency happens is too late to ask the question!
If you would like more information on safety at your club or any other aspect of operations please touch base with Lisa Roddie, COAST Manager firstname.lastname@example.org. I am happy to review your emergency action plans and procedures to offer suggestions. Looking to work with you to keep rowing safe!