Wednesday, October 07, 2015

How You Can Help Others Understand the Importance of Emergency Preparedness

As you have promoted safety and risk awareness at your home or place of business, you may have felt frustrated. Most people do not seem to have the same zeal for the subject that you do. As a result, you worry that they will forget your suggestions and find themselves in critical danger when a disaster strikes. To ensure your message gets through to them, you have to use different strategies. Some people respond better to the methods below than they do to emails and presentations.

  1. Get Your Masters in Emergency Management and Urge Others to Do the Same

    Before you can stress how much safety matters, you have to have a thorough understanding of it. Learn about common workplace hazards and how to respond to them by earning your master’s in emergency management. Get this degree online if you do not have time to attend physical classes. Once you have your degree, you can fully understand and explain the safety measures your building requires. Your community needs experts, and getting the right education is a great way to inform others the importance of emergency preparedness.

  2. Host Contests with Employee Incentives

    Your employees may not give you their full attention when you present safety information by itself. However, when you add prizes to your presentation, your listeners will feel more motivated to participate. You could also host contests after trainings and presentations to ensure your message sinks in. Offer desirable prizes like gift cards and electronics, do not just settle for food.

  3. Role Play and Practice Drills

    As the saying goes, “Actions speak louder than words.” If you want your employees to realize how much emergency preparedness matters, have them act on it. Role play different scenarios such as responding to injuries or fires. Hold drills for floods, fires, earthquakes, inclement weather and intruders. When your employees go through the motions, they should remember your message better.

  4. Post Signs and Instructions in Every Stairwell and Bathroom Stall

    Even if your workers ignore your emails, they will see these signs and instructions every time they take a break. Because they see the sign so often, they will know how to respond to emergencies even if they do not consciously study the instructions. Additionally, if your office has break rooms, post signs and instructions there as well.

Whether you need to improve safety in your home, office, store, educational institution or other building, the tips above can help you boost emergency preparedness. Use these strategies to ensure your peers and employees can respond to any disaster and return whole and healthy to their families, no matter what risks they face.


Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She enjoys writing about home, family, business and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys spending time with her family and reading a good book when she isn't writing.

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