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Three steps you MUST take when conducting an emergency evacuation drill for your event

by , 18 October 2013
You're legally required to have an emergency plan for each and every event you organise. That's not all. You also need to conduct an emergency evacuation drill to test your plan. After all, no two event emergency plans are the same. Read on to discover three important steps to take in your emergency drill.

One Wednesday, the City of Cape Town's Disaster Risk Management Centre conducted an emergency drill at a shopping centre in Macassar.

The drill was aimed at assessing the preparedness and reaction of disaster response teams and public safety authorities to a simulated incident inside the mall.

While this exercise was an effort to create a safer City for residents, in a workplace environment, you must ensure the safety of your workers, especially if you have an event taking place.

'An event emergency plan is essential for the successful execution of any event. This pre-event planning will mean the difference between a disaster and a successful event,' cautions the Health & Safety Advisor.

In addition to your event emergency plan, you must conduct an emergency evacuation drill.

Here are the three important steps to take in your emergency drill

Step #1: Document everything that happens: This'll give you a clear idea of any gaps you need to address.

Step #2: Time your evacuation drill from start to finish.

Step #3: Hold a post-mortem after the drill. With your notes, you'll be able to correct any miss-steps, answer any questions and correct behaviour or procedures.

If your drill doesn't go according to your emergency plan, your team might need further training. You might also have to go back to your risk assessment and then amend your emergency plan.

ONLY go ahead with your event when everything is sorted out and your team knows exactly what to do and what's expected of them.

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