Disaster preparedness isn’t a fun topic to think about, but it’s critically important for businesses. The time to plan is now!

Every school in America is required to practice fire drills.

Depending where you live, many schools also participate in tornado or earthquake drills. Sadly, most districts are now required to practice active shooter drills too.

We know it’s important our children and school staff know how to respond to threats like these, but what about adults in the workplace?

When is the last time you or your employer conducted any of these drills at work?

If the answer is “I don’t know”, or “never”, it’s time to change your thinking.

It’s easy to become complacent if you have never been affected by any of these threats. All too often people think “it won’t happen here”, but the reality is it can.

Many people think they’d know what to do if something bad happened. Maybe they would. But more often than not, an emergency causes panic and chaos.

You’ve heard the old saying “practice makes perfect” and it absolutely applies to emergency planning. The only way to overcome panic and chaos is by being prepared.

Whether your business is large or small, a home office or an industrial multiplex, you need to have a plan BEFORE something happens. This means more than just writing something down on paper. You need to practice your plan by engaging ALL of your staff with active participation in real world drills.

The safety and security of your company is not one person’s responsibility. It’s the responsibility of everyone from a secretary to the CEO.

At the very least, your organization should be discussing the topic of emergency planning. If you don’t know what types of threats you might face in your location, find out. If you don’t know what to do in an emergency, learn.

The better prepared you are before an incident, the better you’ll respond and recover from it.

Don’t wait until it’s too late.