| Summer 2010
Developing an emergency preparedness plan can be daunting, but Texas Mutual is here to help.
Rig Explosion Underscores Importance of Emergency Preparedness
On April 20, 2010, the captain of the Deepwater Horizon was hosting a small gathering to celebrate seven years without a serious job-related accident.
Later that evening, the deep sea oil rig erupted in flames, killing 11 crew members and setting off the worst oil spill in American history.
The tragedy aboard the Deepwater Horizon underscores the importance of emergency preparedness. Admittedly, most of us do not face the same hazards that deep sea oil rig workers face. Remember, though, that severe weather, fire, power outages and other disasters can strike any business, regardless of industry.
That is why Texas Mutual encourages you to create a disaster preparedness plan and, just as importantly, practice the plan regularly.
Your plan should include procedures for: 1. Ensuring employee safety, including disabled individuals who may not be able to evacuate on their own. 2. Backing up or securing critical records. 3. Documenting high-value equipment with videos or photos. 4. Getting back in business as soon as possible.
Developing an emergency preparedness plan that addresses these areas can be daunting, but Texas Mutual is here to help.
You can visit our website at texasmutual.com/news/emergencyplan.doc for a sample emergency plan you can customize for your business. If you register for our free online Safety Resource Center, you will have access to other materials, including an online video titled “Disaster Readiness.” In about 13 minutes, you will learn how careful planning saves lives and helps your business return to normal operations.
The Ready Campaign, in partnership with Citizen Corps and the Ad Council, has declared September to be National Preparedness Month. I encourage you to visit ready.gov for information on keeping your business, your family and your community safe.
No one can predict when a natural or man-made disaster will happen. We can, however, take steps now to minimize their impact.
If you need help with your business’ emergency preparedness plan, contact us at (800) 859-5995 and ask for a loss prevention specialist. Together, we can make Texas a safer, more productive place to do business.
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