BabineFireEmergency planning is an ongoing process. As company operations expand, and equipment and employees change, adjustments need to be incorporated into emergency response plans to ensure an accurate and effective response. Additionally, ever-changing regulatory requirements and plan submittal processes must be observed and applied in order to eliminate the potential for fines.
The concept of this questionnaire reflects potential business survival capabilities and continuity. After completing the questions, the scoring section is designed to help in a decision as to whether action is needed to reduce the risk of an ineffective disaster or emergency response.

  1. Have you personally reviewed your company’s emergency management plan within the past 12 months?
    Yes _____ No_____
  2. Do you have a clear understanding of your authority and responsibilities in disaster situations?
    Yes _____ No_____
  3. Have your external responders, such as local RCMP and Fire Department,  participated in a comprehensive review of your emergency management system or a disaster exercise within the last 12 months?
    Yes _____ No_____
  4. Is a single news media point of contact (e.g., public information officer) provided in your company’s emergency management plan?
    Yes _____ No_____
  5. Were representatives of external resources, such as suppliers of new material, involved in developing and testing the company’s emergency management plan?
    Yes _____ No_____
  6. Does your company's plan insure that the information needed to defend itself in a disaster related lawsuit is maintained during an incident?
    Yes _____ No_____
  7. Is your emergency response team incorporated into the emergency management planning process?
    Yes _____ No_____
  8. Have you spent more than one hour during the past six months in face-to-face discussion with your emergency management team about how to improve disaster management?
    Yes _____ No_____
  9. Are your emergency management procedures brief and organized in a manner that   enables your employees or response teams to respond smoothly to a range of incidents?
    Yes _____ No_____
  10. Are your mutual aid agreements with other companies effective?
    Yes _____ No_____
  11. Are all your emergency teams equipped and personnel trained to set up an incident     command system?
    Yes _____ No_____
  12. Does the emergency operations plan contain lines of succession with authority (at least two backups) for key internal and external contacts?
    Yes _____ No_____
  13. Do you have paper or digital document style emergency plans?
    Yes_____­­_No_____

Self-Assessment Scoring

To assess your emergency management program, give yourself one point for each "yes" answer. Total your score. Grade your risk as follows:

  • 12–14 points: Your risk is apparently well managed. Look back at your "no" answers and decide what you can do to close this area of exposure.
  • 9-11 points: You are making good progress, but there are a number of actions you can take to reduce your risk. You may wish to focus your attention on areas indicated by the "no" answers. Based on the results of reviews in these areas, you can decide what further steps are indicated.
  • 5-8 points: Your company may be at risk, but it is not too late. This score suggest your emergency management responsibilities are being partially met, but there is room for improvement. Start today to develop a comprehensive emergency management program today to enhance an emergency response.
  • Fewer than 5 points: You are at risk! Prompt action is necessary to enhance your emergency management program. You need to take immediate action to improve your ability to respond effectively to a major disaster. A complete review of emergency management organization and your role is warranted to reduce your risk.

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