Emergency planning for Businesses
Emergencies and disasters can have a substantial impact on a business. Planning in advance can save time and lives. This is why preparing an emergency response plan for a business ahead of time is necessary.
Step 1: Plan
Planning guides and templates
Having a written Emergency Response Plan is the first step in being prepared for an emergency. Once completed, reviewing it with all staff can help minimize any stress or anxiety in the event of an emergency. Follow the Business Continuity Planning Guide (PDF) and Emergency Response Plan (PDF) to ensure all vital steps and information are captured.
Step 2: Prepare
Exercises and mock emergencies
The next step is to evaluate the plan through an exercise.
An exercise is based on a potential emergency situation where staff can practice emergency procedures, their roles and responsibilities, and provide feedback.
Request a workshop
Vaughan Fire and Rescue Service’s Emergency Planning division offers assistance to local companies in developing and conducting exercises and drills. For more information or to request a workshop, contact 905-832-2281 or email PrepE@vaughan.ca.
Step 3: Be informed
National and international standards
Experts have developed global standards for emergency management and business continuity in both private and public sectors. These standards establish the baseline for developing, implementing and evaluating emergency management and business continuity programs.
The standards are:
- CSA Z1600 – Emergency Management and Business Continuity Planning
- NFPA 1600 – Emergency Management and Business Continuity
- ISO TC 223 – Societal Security Technological Capabilities (2011)
Businesses with hazardous substances
The Environmental Emergency Regulations, administered by Environment Canada, were enacted for the purpose of protecting the environment and human health in environmental emergency situations. This is done through prevention and ensuring preparedness, response and recovery.
Any person or business in Canada who owns or manages a hazardous substance listed under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (in the quantity at or over the prescribed minimum) is required to provide Environment Canada with information such as:
- An emergency response plan
- Facility location
- Quantity of the substance
Hazardous substances, when entered into the environment, could result in:
- Danger to human life or health in Canada
- Danger to the environment
- Harmful effects to biological diversity