Culture, Plans, and Kits
Although supplies are important, the planning around building kits is even more beneficial to creating an internal culture of readiness. Start a conversation with faculty and staff, and encourage them to think in a holistic way about office preparedness.
Here are a few things everyone should consider when planning for an emergency:
- Have an emergency phone list with important personal and professional contact information — make sure you have a paper copy.
- Know the designated meeting spot for faculty and staff.
- Know to check ubc.ca for official sources of information.
- Know your work responsibilities in an emergency.
- Keep paper copies of critical documents that you may need to continue to work in an emergency.
- Make sure you have on hand a proper supply of anything special you may need, such as medication, a small amount of food, water, and cash.
While there are no policies or legislation that require each department/faculty to practice workplace preparedness, everyone should have a personal preparedness kit at home and at work. First Aid kits are also no longer required in your department, however, first aid supplies are still important to have in your emergency kit.