On Tuesday 21st August, 2018 Trinidad and Tobago was rocked by a 6.9 magnitude earthquake that triggered nationwide panic. Some citizens were at home, some on the roads and some were still at work. The varying responses to what we should really do in an event of an earthquake was still unclear to most as people ran into the street, some ran for cover and others were too afraid to move.
These responses evoked the question: Does your NGO have an emergency response plan?
We’ve talked a lot about strategic plans, financial plans, and even marketing plans but not emergencies.
Here are the Guidelines for Emergency Response Planning by the Occupational Safety and Health Authority and Agency of Trinidad and Tobago: https://bit.ly/2LuPrki
Emergency planning is imperative and while we hope the worst doesn’t happen it’s a great idea to be prepared. This can make the critical difference in life safety outcomes. Here is a brief overview of planning considerations:
We’d like to hear from you. Does your NGO have an emergency response plan and do you know what to do in an event of an emergency?