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The Importance of Emergency Action Plans

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Farms are regularly threatened by extreme weather, fires and manmade disasters.

And, if one of these emergencies ever threatens your business, the chaos that follows can lead to even more damage. That’s why you and your employees need to be prepared by drafting an emergency action plan (EAP).

An EAP should outline what needs to be done before, during and after an emergency. First, you should take the time to think of what disasters may occur on your farm and incorporate them into your EAP. Additionally, you should collaborate with local first responders when preparing for a disaster. As these responders will likely assist your farm in the event of an emergency, pre-planning will allow them to know your farm’s layout and other important details.

Once you draft an EAP, you should be sure to distribute it to all of your employees and ensure that they are aware of their roles in case of a disaster. Additionally, consider holding regular exercises and drills so employees can practice for a worst-case scenario.

For more information on EAPs, contact us at 708-845-3000 today. We can provide you with our comprehensive article, “Agriculture Risk Insights: Emergency Preparedness for Farmworkers.”

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Material posted on this website is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a legal opinion or medical advice. Contact your legal representative or medical professional for information specific to your legal or medical needs.

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