Curious, if you have designed and executed an Emergency Mock Drill, how did it go? What advice do you have for other managers taking emergency preparedness seriously?
Over the past year, in various conversations, I have discovered veterinary hospitals rarely do mock drills. Some will verbally review their emergency plan, but to physically create a true-to-life, intense experience in the form of a drill is rarely done.
In my experience, when we practice stressful situations (such as a fire drill or electrical outage), we are far better prepared to deal with the real-life crisis, if and when it ever occurs. Remember practicing Stop, Drop, and Roll? It’s time to work through an emergency drill with your team.
How to Conduct a Fire Drill at Work: http://smallbusiness.chron.com/conduct-fire-drill-work-10444.html
Step 1. Create a safety committee, identifying a safety coordinator.
Step 2. Provide evacuation information to all team members before the emergency drill begins.
Step 3. Develop several emergency scenarios to create various obstacles and true-to-life situations.
Step 4. Conduct regular emergency drills, although don’t over-do it. Always allow for a “debriefing.” What went well, what did we learn, how can we do it better next time?
Performing a drill will benefit your team by walking them through the steps of staying calm, where to meet, and what precautions to take. Remember: TEAM SAFETY IS TOP PRIORITY!
Here is an interesting video: Stop, drop, and roll fire drill training for dogs. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBaNTKKWkTY
Here’s to your team’s safety and the safety of the pets you serve, RR