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Creating An Emergency Ready Profile For Your Business

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

An Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) will help you plan for emergencies ahead of time; emergency preparedness is an important part of protecting your business investment. Your emergency strategy should be carefully devised to guide you if it becomes necessary to take decisive action during a disaster. SERVPRO has developed SERVPRO Ready Plan information, which will give you the security of emergency preparedness; your plan information can be downloaded into our Ready Plan app to instantly share with us so that the damage can be intercepted right when it occurs. 

Here are some things to consider while developing your ERP:


Talk with your workforce and formulate as many disaster scenarios as possible. One of the worst calamities in the US occurred in the 2010 Nashville flood here in Tennessee, when the city experienced 14 inches of rain within 36 hours, for example; it was completely unexpected. Studying such events can help you effectively project other possible disasters in your effort to plan ahead wisely.


It is necessary to create an ERP that will protect everyone in the building. The Department of Homeland Security refers to this as “Protective Actions for Life Safety,” and includes:

  • Fire Drills. Rehearsals for action during a fire.
  • Sheltering. Sheltering staff during a natural disaster.
  • Sheltering in Place. Sheltering staff during a man-made emergency.
  • Lockdown. Eluding an active shooter.


Stabilizing an incident means preventing further damage or injury on the scene. This can be accomplished by training your employees in various rescue procedures including:

  • First Aid and CPR
  • Proper use of fire extinguishers


People will often panic during a disaster or dangerous event without any guidance, and that can lead to more damage and injuries. Adding an evacuation team to your ERP will help to alleviate situations of this kind and can include:

  • Assigning point persons to guide evacuees out of the building.
  • Appointing helpers to assist persons with disabilities.
  • Training for the evacuation team to redirect employees to an alternate exit if an exit is blocked or too dangerous to use safely.

SERVPRO of North Nashville provides professional emergency cleaning and restoration services if you experience fire damage, water damage, mold infestations, biohazard situations, and more. We can help you devise an effective Emergency Readiness Plan for your North Nashville business, and we can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too - ask us how! This franchise is independently owned and operated.

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