Training for natural disasters


Natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy emphasize the importance of emergency protocol training in several industries.

Hurricane Sandy battered the eastern United States yesterday, causing structural damage, fires and flooding. Over the weekend, several emergency response agencies gathered in San Francisco to train for various life-threatening scenarios as part of Urban Shield 2012, according to local news site Pacifica Patch.

Whether it is an earthquake, tsunami, wildfire or other natural disaster, every company should have safety protocols in place. This doesn't just apply to emergency responders, either. Trucking companies need to know that their employees are educated on how to handle specific road conditions and dangerous situations, for example.

Other companies might have their staffs work from home, in which case guidelines regarding procedures, online resources, expectations and productivity should be clearly established, including what to do in the event of a power outage.

These are all things that organizations should train their workforces on and follow up with regular refresher courses or seminars. These steps can save lives and protect business continuity as much as possible given the circumstances.

With learning management systems, managers can keep track of each employee's progress and which training goals still need to be met.

While we cannot always predict when these events will strike, there are times when it makes the most sense to ramp up such efforts. A perfect example would be hurricane season. Even though there is no way to tell with certainty if your area will be hit by a major storm, a concerted effort to provide training in light of the approaching season is a good idea. Digital training calendars are effective in managing this.

With the right preparation, companies can limit the confusion and other challenges associated with natural disasters.

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