Checklist for All Emergencies

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Please see Emergency Resources Guide Volume 1 for updates and other related info.

Being prepared for emergencies at your place of business helps protect your employees, your customers and your neighbors. Being prepared for emergencies involves four critical steps:

  • Planning
  • Preparedness
  • Response
  • Recovery

Please also refer to our Emergency Resources Guide. Throughout the C.L.E.A.N. Emergency Resources Guide and on the compact disc provided, you will find helpful information for preparing your own emergency plan.


☐ The Federal Emergency Management Agency provides the “Emergency Management Guide for Business and Industry” to assist businesses of all sizes in emergency planning. The planning guide is provided on the C.L.E.A.N. Resource Guide CD or at the FEMA website. The Guide recommends the following steps in preparing a plan:

  • STEP 1 - Establish a Planning Team
  • STEP 2 - Analyze Capabilities and Hazards
  • STEP 3 - Develop the Plan
  • STEP 4 - Implement the Plan


☐ Eliminate or minimize hazards in the workplace.

☐ Train employees in first aid and CPR.

☐ Develop an emergency plan and train employees to respond.

  • Location of emergency exits
  • How alarm system works
  • Plans for evacuation, including:
    • How employees and visitors requiring assistance will be evacuated, if necessary
    • Evacuation route for facility
    • Where they will go
    • How to account for employees to ensure that no one is missing

☐ Keep exit ways clear and open.

☐ Provide basic emergency supplies, such as first aid kits.

☐ Learn about the Emergency Alert System.

☐ Post instructions for emergency response.

☐ Keep backup records and data in a safe location.

☐ Keep an accurate inventory of your supplies and equipment.


☐ First protect yourself

  • Assess your situation.
  • Move in the direction of safety.
  • Call for help immediately.

☐ Warn others to move away from danger.

☐ Control the source of the emergency (if you can safely do so.)

☐ Do not attempt rescues unless you are trained and equipped for the hazard.

☐ Inform arriving emergency responders about the hazards and any injuries.

☐ Follow the directions of emergency response personnel.

☐ If you are trained, establish incident command and organize response efforts.


☐ If evacuated, do not return until you are sure it is safe.

☐ Stay away from damaged buildings or structures.

☐ Follow the instructions of emergency response personnel.