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Emergency Preparedness Program Performance Objectives

The preparedness program goals and objectives should get developed for all of the aspects of the program. These are the milestones. Include the risk mitigation, hazard prevention/deterrence, emergency response, and business continuity.

Consider the objectives and goals for investing in resources, managing risk, establishing capabilities through training, as well as exercising and complying with the regulations. Look at both the short-term objectives for the program development and long-term objectives that could require a lot more investment or planning.

Examples of short-term objectives:
  • Create a program committee that generates a lot of participation from the company.
  • Determine where your current preparedness program sits.
  • Get input by reaching out to public regulators and emergency services.
  • Do a risk assessment in order to define hazard scenarios and threats as well as significant potential loss.
  • Do a business impact analysis to figure out the financial and operational impacts from a disruption of your business.
  • Define opportunities for risk mitigation and hazard prevention.
  • Protect your employees’ safety by creating evacuation, sheltering, and lockdown plans along with employee drills and training.
  • Install emergency generators for powering the data center throughout a power outage.
  • Create plans to fully carryout Plan B as the backup for Plan A.
Examples of long-term objectives:
  • Upgrade the facility protection by putting in a fire sprinkler system.
  • Phase out flammable or highly toxic chemical use.
  • Conduct the full-scale exercise of the emergency management program being sure to involve public emergency services.
  • Shift all or at least some of the operations to a place that is safer from natural hazards like hurricanes, earthquakes, or flooding.
  • Build a preparedness culture in the workplace and encourage employees to do the same at home.
Objectives need to be realistic and measurable. Determine if all the objectives you set were achieved when reviewing the performance of your program. (See Program Improvement.)
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