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In any emergency, the first thing you want to do is assess the situation. Check yourself: Are you okay? Is the facility okay? Should people be evacuated or should they shelter in place? If one reacts too quickly before understanding the scope of the situation, it could cause more problems.

We recommend a singular thought: In any emergency, do something without becoming part of the problem. It is imperative to apply this consideration to any action taken.

Should you decide to stay or change locations? Early decisions are critical in disasters. If you stay too long while the building is showing signs of weakness then maybe it’s time to get out, but would it be even more dangerous outside? Again, one must always consider the whole situation.

In the case of fire or chemicals, seek clean air and protect breathing passages. If you see smoke starting to come in, plug the space underneath the door. Use your shirt, t-shirt, dress, pants — do whatever it takes to protect your breathing passages. Continue to assess the situation as developments unfold.

Protect yourself from debris and signal if you are trapped. Get underneath your desk if it is sturdy. If you become trapped, look for something metal to hit on metal. Yelling can only be done for so long before you tire yourself out; moreover, it is much less strenuous to make an external sound by hitting an object.

BERT can assist with constructing a specific emergency response plan for you and your business. Contact us today for more information, or a free consultation.

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