Business Simplified Action for Emergencies (B.S.A.F.E.)
The Business Simplified Action for Emergencies plan is designed to promote public awareness in the commercial business sector. City Emergency Services personnel are available to make presentations to businesses, commercial and residential management.
Every hour of the day, somewhere in the world, a natural disaster strikes a community. In most cases, these communities are unprepared for any type of disaster or emergencies, and consequently there is greater loss of life and injury simply because business owners and employees are uninformed and ill prepared.
In Laguna Niguel, Police Services in conjunction with the American Red Cross and Sheriff’s Emergency Management, have developed a wide spread emergency preparedness program for businesses to help them prepare for a disaster.
This 10-step program is a simplified approach to business emergency preparedness. There is no cost to participate in B.S.A.F.E., other than the purchase of the basic required survival supplies. All emergency preparedness literature is provided to businesses free of charge.
All City and Police Services personnel are trained in the State of California mandated Standardized Emergency Management System (S.E.M.S.); however in a major citywide emergency all businesses must be prepared to provide for their employees and customers on site for a minimum of 72 hours until emergency personnel can reach them. B.S.A.F.E. provides businesses with a proven preparation process that can be easily followed.
The City of Laguna Niguel is a member of the Orange County Operational Area and the Orange County Emergency Management Organization. Both of these entities provide “mutual aid” to communities via the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Orange County Fire Authority and the State of California Office of Emergency Services.
- Formulate a working procedural plan for your business using the American Red Cross brochures, “Preparing your Business for the Unthinkable,” “Emergency Preparedness Checklist” and “Food & Water in an Emergency,” as a guide. Include an evacuation plan with a floor plan so that each employee can readily follow should it be necessary to leave if there is a power outage, including a procedure for escorting customers to safety. Show employees how to turn off the gas, electricity and water at the main switches if necessary. Place a wrench near the gas meter for easy access.
- Prepare and distribute employee ID cards with emergency information and an out of area family member telephone number. Be sure to include special medications, health problems, etc. on the card so that emergency services personnel will know what special precautions must be taken with that employee.
- Put copies of business records and computer files in to a safe deposit box in a local financial institution or place the items in a safe place offsite that is readily accessible.
- Encourage managers and employees to take a basic first aid and CPR course.
- Prepare a Disaster Supplies Kit. You must have a minimum of one gallon of water per person per day. Remind employees on medications to have at least three days' supply with them at all times.
- Check your smoke detectors and fire extinguishers regularly.
- Do a building hazard hunt using the American Red Cross Emergency Preparedness Check list guide. Alert the property manager of any serious issues found.
- Get to know your neighboring business owners, because in a disaster or emergency, you will be somewhat dependent on each other.
- Organize a Business Watch group in your commercial area. The greater number of participants, the greater the opportunity for survival.
If a Disaster Strikes
- Remain calm and patient.
- Put your plan into motion.
- Give first aid and get help for the seriously injured, if possible.
- Listen to a battery-powered radio for special bulletins.
- Check for damage to the building. Use flashlights only and never light a match.
- Check for fire and other hazards.
- If necessary, get everyone out of the building and away from structures.
- Do a head count to ensure all employees are accounted for and wait for help to arrive.