Technology, Cloud Environment Drive New Breed of Emergency/Disaster Plans
Nov. 02, 2012
Enables Online Access to Plan Anytime, Anywhere by Anyone – Including First Responders
When facilities are decimated or flooded, ”binder” plans rendered useless
NEW PHILADELPHIA, Ohio (November 2, 2012) – In theory, having a paper-based emergency plan means an institution is prepared. In practice, however, the binder of information and protocol may be unavailable while an adverse event is happening. During Hurricane Sandy, many businesses were unable to respond appropriately due to loss of access to emergency response plans, floor plans, shut down procedures, and call lists from flooding, facility destruction or the inability to be onsite.
Accessing the Emergency Plan
When an adverse event occurs, it is of paramount importance that the emergency plan is both up-to-date and immediately accessible. If the emergency plan is housed in a binder, internal network or other static file, it may be physically inaccessible or destroyed during the emergency situation. Likewise, the plan may also be ineffective if it resides only with the security director or a single authorized staff person. Emergency protocol must be accessible to all authorized personnel, so the plan can be executed swiftly and effectively.
Critical Information for First Responders
It is also imperative that first responders can access the information contained in an emergency plan. If crucial resources like building maps, floor plans, entrance and exit points, call lists, policies, evacuation plans, procedures, utility shutoffs and hazardous material locations are housed in a single, static place, first responders will waste valuable time accessing the resources instead of carrying out their life-saving work.
The Solution: Web-based Technology
Web-based emergency management systems store critical information and ensure that the information can be updated and made available to all essential personnel—anytime, from anywhere.
Information stored on secure redundant off-site servers—in the “cloud”—may not be affected by physical barriers or natural disasters that occur on campus. Furthermore, a web-based system makes crucial information available in real-time to any internet capable device. During an emergency, first responders can access emergency plans that exist in the cloud before they even arrive onsite, thus reducing assessment time and expediting action.
The Convenience of the Cloud
Web-based systems can enhance emergency planning in indispensable ways. The technology that is now available makes emergency preparedness plans not just compliant but dynamic and effective. When plans live in a portal-protected cloud environment, they become “live” plans that are ready to work in real-time situations. The benefits of using these cutting edge technologies is priceless.
Information that lives in the cloud, like maps, floor plans, policies and procedures, and call lists, can be updated easily across all files in the system. The ease of modifying information is a feature of web-based systems. With cloud technology, emergency-preparedness planning can be a series of fast and painless updates instead of tedious, time-consuming projects.
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