Employers must be active in the creation of their emergency plans. But without employees becoming engaged, informed, and trained in the process the investment in planning might all be lost.

Most importantly, you want to consider the person who will coordinate your planning and response.

Qualities of The Emergency Plan Project Coordinator

When considering the person to develop and implement your emergency plans consider someone:

  • with a sharp eye for details

  • that believes in the objectives and goals of the emergency plan

  • has an ability to think out of the box and develop the plan with staff

  • that is willing to go an extra mile to fulfill duties as coordinator

  • that is always open to suggestions and changes

  • has the ability to engage, inspire and lead staff in the process and during a crisis

  • has the ability to think clearly and act rationally during a crisis

  • is willing to work after hours when a crisis occurs

Role of the Project Coordinator

The role of the coordinator is important, since they will be responsible for the implementation of the emergency plan throughout the whole organization. The coordinator must ensure all safety measures are observed to minimize lingering effects on the business from any type of disaster.

The coordinator must create a multi skilled and disciplinary team to help with the development and maintenance of the preparedness program. The team members must be recruited from different parts of the company, to ensure all areas are represented. These are employees with functional knowledge of all aspects of the organization.

Aside from the employee participants, the coordinator must also reach out to public emergency services, contractors and vendors. These external participants are vital contributors to an emergency plan.

To further identify the team members that can help develop an emergency plan visit: http://www.ready.gov/sites/default/files/documents/files/ProgramCoordinatorCommittee_Worksheet_0.pdf]