Why You Need To Make Sure Your Emergency Management Plan Is Up To Date

Australians know that floods, fires, and extreme weather can cause an emergency situation to flare up in just minutes. Knowing how to evacuate a building quickly and who to call to address the damage can make a difference. Here’s why your building’s emergency management plan needs to be kept current with the latest available information.

Your staff needs to be kept up-to-date
If your emergency plan isn’t up-to-date, your staff might not know what to do when disaster strikes. All staff need to know what procedures to follow when evacuating your building. It’s wise to have an emergency team set up with roles and responsibilities clearly allocated. When you hire new staff, these responsibilities may switch hands, and making sure everyone involved knows who is responsible for what is important for success.

Your staff also needs to be aware of where your emergency kits are stored, where your insurance information is located, and where to locate evacuation maps and emergency phone numbers in a pinch. By keeping your emergency plan current, you can ensure these items are covered.

Emergency contact information might change
A solid Brisbane emergency management plan should include lists of your local emergency services. Any other essential contact numbers should be included as well. This should include your local fire, police, and ambulance services. Reviewing your emergency plan regularly can ensure you have the right numbers available for everyone to access.

Your insurance coverage may change
It can also be wise to include any insurance policy information in your Brisbane emergency management plan along with any supporting documents. Insurance information and coverage can change. By keeping your emergency plan up-to-date, you can easily have your most recent insurance information at your fingertips when you most need it.

New legislation might require updated safety equipment
In addition to insurance, contact information, and staff needs, it’s important that you have the right emergency equipment available on your property for use. Every year, many people die in preventable residential fires across Australia. A fire that broke out on the second floor of a multi-level inner-city apartment block in Brisbane back in 2015 is a good example.

Fire laws change over time in order to try to prevent these disasters. Sometimes fire equipment remains outdated, however. By reviewing and updating your emergency management plan you can find out if you have the latest gear onsite. If not, you can learn what needs changing. QBM emergency management plans do just that. They include an annual review of your fire equipment required by law, to keep your building safe.

According to statistics, it can take as little as 30 seconds for a manageable fire to turn into a dangerous, uncontrollable catastrophe, and having the proper equipment in place can help prevent this.

Renovations might alter your floor plan
Did you recently renovate your building? Changes to your layout could mean that your regular evacuation routes have now changed. Conducting an annual review of your emergency plan can help ensure you have the latest evacuation maps in place. It can also help guarantee your staff knows the new routes, and how to best lead people to safety.

The benefits of QBM emergency management plans
At QBM, our trained team works with you on your Brisbane emergency management plan so that you have the best possible plan in place to protect everyone in your building. Our management plans involve identifying and producing:

  • Evacuation routes
  • Evacuation diagrams
  • Digital emergency management plan
  • Access to onsite training
  • An annual review of your site to address needed upgrades
  • Yearly evacuation drill management
  • Submission of a mandatory Annual Fire Safety Statement to QFES

By having a professionally formulated Brisbane emergency management plan in place, you can help save lives. Contact QBM to learn more.