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What are some examples of emergency action plans?

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An example of a family's emergency action plan describes how each member should become aware of an alert, communicate with others about it and reach the agreed-upon meeting place. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Ready.gov website states that emergency action plans should outline response protocols for various unexpected events, indicate individual responsibilities, identify channels of communication, and list agreed-upon evacuation routes and meeting places. Any organization, from a family to a large company, can create an EAP.

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A sample emergency action plan provided by the Indiana Department of Labor includes protocols for responding to alarms, evacuating efficiently, and shutting down or limiting normal operations. The plan also identifies the personnel responsible for executing these protocols and lists the resources they need to do so, including any paperwork they need to fill out. The plan also includes appendices with contact information for local law enforcement and emergency responders. A number of unexpected hazards would require an organization to implement an emergency action plan, including a fire, a tornado, an earthquake, a bomb threat, a hazardous chemical spill or violence in the workplace.

Emergency action plans maintained by employers must include, at minimum, procedures for reporting emergencies, evacuating, operating critical equipment with limited resources, accounting for employees, performing rescue or medical services, and contacting employees who need more information, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration. A company's emergency action plan can include how employees should respond to different alerts, where they should go in the event of an evacuation and whom to contact for further instructions.

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