Emergency Planning For Businesses

Are You Prepared?

How quickly your company can get back to business after an emergency often depends on planning done today. The City of Mill Valley Fire Department encourages all business owners to start planning now to improve the likelihood that your company will survive and recover.

  1. Develop a Continuity of Operations Plan: Carefully assess how your company functions to determine which staff materials, procedures and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep the business operating.
  2. Review Emergency Communications with Staff: Set up a telephone calling tree or email alert to communicate with employees, designate an out-of-town phone number for employees to call, give employees wallet-cards with important phone numbers.
  3. Review how to Decide to Stay or Go: Have an Evacuation Plan and a Shelter-In-Place Plan.
  4. Prepare for Medical Emergencies: Train employees in Basic First Aid and CPR, keep First Aid supplies accessible and in stock, and keep employee emergency contact information on file.
  5. Emphasize Fire Safety: Have your workplace inspected for fire safety, install smoke detectors, train staff on how to use a fire extinguisher, review how to alert patrons, staff, and the fire department in the event of a fire, and plan and practice evacuation procedures.
  6. Gather Emergency Supplies: Have water, food, flashlights, a battery operated radio , extra batteries, first aid kit, and other supplies essential in an emergency on-hand. Encourage employees to pack a personal “Go Bag” with emergency items such as a change of clothes and medications.
  7. Conduct an Annual Review of your Emergency Plans: Just as your business changes over time, so do your preparedness needs.

For more information on how to prepare your business for an emergency please click here.