Environmental Sensing – Most Businesses Are Vulnerable But Shouldn’t Be

Monitoring the environment for the most destructive forces that can ruin a business is simple and easy but most organizations don’t take the simplest steps to even prevent fires.  When you go to work look around to see if there are any smoke detectors in the building.  Smoke detectors aren’t required in most business establishments but why not have them installed?  The cost of smoke detectors are very low and yet because they are not “required” people fail to avail themselves of this inexpensive protection. Many businesses are required to have fire sprinkler systems.  To wait until a fire gets hot enough to activate the sprinkler system before action is taken to control the fire in the incipient stage makes no sense.  This is just a small example of how businesses fail to take measures to manage emergencies.

Weather radios is another inexpensive means to protect the structure and employees from predictable and preventable emergencies like flooding.  You can’t stop the rain but you can prevent flooding of your establishment if you make sure the gutters and drains are cleared especially in the fall when leaves are abundant.  The weather radio constantly sends out alerts and forecasts when heavy rains are headed your way.  They can also alert you to severe storms that cause tornadoes allowing you to take cover and protect yourself.

If you combine all the technologies that allow us to predict events in advance of them becoming powerful enough to hurt us then you have an environmental sensing program.  By applying the principles of managing emergencies and by understanding the emergency life cycle you can avoid being caught off guard. Why be vulnerable when you can be safe and secure?

This blog and Systems Emergency Preparedness Consultants are dedicated to educating business owners and employees on the need to manage emergencies everyday through effective mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery actions. Accidents can be reduced, eliminated and their effects can be lessened if a good strategy is adopted.

If you need preparedness training or would like to have a preparedness discussion for your employees checkout my website http://www.ejones224.moonfruit.com/ (Systems Emergency Preparedness Consultants) and contact me via email at sysmanemerconsult@aol.com for a free consultation.


About managingemergencies

I am a professional consultant with 30 years of experience in managing emergencies. My background and skills gave me the foundation to start Systems Emergency Preparedness Consultants. If you need preparedness training or would like to have a preparedness discussion for your employees contact me via email at sysmanemerconsult@aol.com. I held various positions in the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department until I retired in 2007. As a emergency planner and trainer in the Prince George's County Office of Homeland Security I planned exercises and training for government agencies and citizens groups. I was appointed Fire Chief of the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department in 2009. I started Systems Emergency Preparedness Consultants in June of that year. I had the opportunity to become the Assistant Fire Chief - Operations of the District of Columbia Fire/EMS Department and served for a year as the Interim Fire Chief. I am a trained mediator, mediator team leader and trainer. I also served as the Fire/EMS Department Equal Employment Opportunity Officer.
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