Implementing a comprehensive, organization-wide preparedness and safety program is a necessary, albeit formidable task. The American Red Cross in Greater New York’s Corporate Emergency Preparedness Program of integrated consultations, training and exercises provides companies with the essentials needed to increase their resiliency and reduce the risk of injury and harm to employees and company visitors should disaster strike.
Additionally, for those companies that already have an existing plan in place, the Greater New York Red Cross has tools that can help strengthen and refine the organization’s emergency preparedness program. Whether you are just starting to draft a preparedness plan or are focused on testing and enhancing the effectiveness of your existing preparedness resources, our program has a solution for you.
Your company’s state of emergency preparedness is the sum of the individual preparedness levels of each of your employees. When employees are faced with the stress and chaos of a disaster it’s critical that they are prepared and trained to utilize the lifesaving knowledge and skills acquired during emergency preparedness training. Thus, it becomes imperative that the training protocol selected be based on an adaptive behavioral model which helps to ensure that people remember the key learning points of the training under duress. Additionally, it is essential to focus on fostering a “preparedness” culture within the organization.
The Greater New York Red Cross Emergency Preparedness Program focuses on these two key goals to increase the resilience of an organization it the face of disaster:
1. Foster adaptive behavioral change in employees
2. Create a “preparedness” culture within the organization
It combines best preparedness practices with the science of adult learning in a continuum of integrated consultations, training, drills and exercises. The program helps employees and organizations establish a baseline for their current level of preparedness, acquire the knowledge, confidence and skills to effectively deal with a disaster and the ability to practice these skills during customized drills, team-building and tabletop exercises.
Yes, you can customize the program by selecting the individual components of those programs that best support your current preparedness needs. The Greater New York Red Cross will collaborate with your organization to:
1. Ensure that the preparedness-training knowledge and skills provided by the Greater New York Red Cross program will supplement company-specific protocols and procedures.
2. Develop tabletop and team-building scenarios that ensure your employees to integrate their preparedness training into their specific organizational function, environment and responsibility.