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Emergency Preparedness Program Coordinator & Committee

The main role of the program coordinator is to organize the disaster recovery and preparedness program and making sure that realistic and appropriate objectives has been established by management. Everyone involved with the program, as well as all business employees, should be familiar with the program coordinator and his/her role in carrying out the business's preparedness program.

The committee will help provide input for the preparedness program. The committee will assist with the building, implementing, maintaining, and evaluation of the program. The committee should be made up of employees that collectively know all aspects of the business.

The areas would include:
  • Finance
  • Labor Relations
  • Operations
  • Management
  • Legal
  • Human Resources
  • Facilities or Property Management
  • Engineering
  • Security
  • Medical
  • Information Technology
  • Purchasing, Supply Chain and Distribution
  • Quality Control
  • Employees
  • Public Relations
  • Insurance and Risk Management
  • Environmental Health and Safety (EHS)
Not only can employees provide valuable input, external participants can as well. Communication should be open and relationships built with public emergency services, vendors, and contractors now in order to provide beneficial aid later when an emergency hits. Consider developing relationships with the following:
  • Emergency Management Agency
  • Public Health
  • Public Works
  • Contractors
  • Vendors
  • Customers
  • Law Enforcement
  • Fire Department (including rescue service)
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Hazardous Materials Contractor
  • Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)
You can use the Program Coordinator and Committee Worksheet provided by ready.gov to compile contact information and indentify any members of the program committee.
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