Are you prepared for an emergency? Critical situations usually have little to no warning before they occur. Emergency Preparedness is the Week of May 7 to 13 th, and we encourage everyone to stop and ask themselves, “What should I do, in an Emergency Situation?”
The following list are some various degrees of emergencies that may transpire within your work or community environment. What would you do if there was a...
Structure Fire, Wildfire, Vehicle Accident, Workplace Incident and Accident, Explosion at a Refinery, Gas Leak, Power Outage, Severe Weather including Tornados, Snowstorms, Lightning Storms, Train Derailment, Family Violence or Acts of Violence, Robbery, Medical Alert such as a heart Attack, Poisoning, Animal or Insect Bites or Stings.
Do you have a plan? If not, then a good practice is to review and revise on a yearly basis scenario’s that may affect you, your family, friends or working associates. (Don’t forget to include your pets too)! When planning for an Emergency the following are great points/ideas to remember:
Where to meet (muster point) – different locations for different emergencies
Where is the Medical Supplies (first aid kit) located – does it need new suppliers?
Prepared food (such as cans, dry goods), and water – did you remember a can opener?
Cell Phone and charger, flashlight, battery powered lights
A power source such as a generator and or batteries
Extra Blankets (heat source)
Posted Emergency Contact List
which includes 911
closest hospital phone number and address
gas and electricity providers
Copy of Emergency Contact list found on Cell Phone
Money (cash) that is readily available
Northern Weldarc has an Emergency Response Plan in place which is reviewed on a regular basis and includes different scenarios of emergency situations. By practicing different situations, when a real emergency occurs people usually will not go into “panic mode” because they have practiced how to deal with the scenario. If you are in a panic, you may put others at a greater risk. Calm, cool heads always prevail!
NWL ensures that all staff know where the numerous fire extinguishers and first aid kits are located throughout the shops and offices, as well as where posted emergency phone lists can be found (beside every phone) and depending on the circumstances, where the internal and external muster points are. Remember it’s better to be Proactive not Reactive.
Alberta’s Emergency Alert System automatically contacts all cell phones in the province or specific areas affected. To sign up for these alerts or to randomly check to see if there is an issue please go to: https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-emergency-alert.aspx