Emergency Preparedness Testing

What is it and why is it required?

S2’s Emergency Preparedness Testing has been designed to review the effectiveness of emergency response procedures in order to ensure that legal obligations to prevent and mitigate the effects of a major incident are met. The objective of the emergency scenario is to test, through simulation, the effectiveness of crisis managementUnplanned events such as acts of terrorism, security threats, public disturbance and political unrest can have disastrous impacts on businesses.  Preparing businesses for these unplanned events helps... and other arrangements to deal with an incident likely to cause significant harm to the site and/or its people, and to provide recommendations after the event for corrective action.

What are the benefits?

Emergency Preparedness Testing assesses and reports on the effectiveness of the emergency response by the site management team. It is vital to ensure procedures are in place to prevent, prepare for and mitigate the effects of major incidents, and to ensure all site personnel are effectively trained and aware of their responsibilities in relation to such potential incidents.

Carrying out emergency preparedness testing ensures peace of mind, and reduces the potential impacts of emergencies – reducing risk, ensuring business continuity, and property and life safety.

How can the S2 Partnership help?

Emergency Preparedness Testing will be undertaken by a highly-qualified and experienced S2 Partnership assessor. Typically, the site visit will be unannounced. On arrival, the consultant will present an emergency scenario brief. The assessment will include an examination of site emergency preparedness documentation, response to the emergency scenario, and questioning of site management and other staff, where appropriate.

The scenario and subsequent assessment bring together those pre-existing conditions that are involved in an emergency situation, allowing the emergency response team and their responses to be observed under controlled conditions. The scenario will provide a realistic emergency situation, and whilst the type of emergency can vary widely, it may include; explosive device threats, floods or gas leaks, freak weather or seismic events, major electrical power failure, chemical incidents or civil unrest.

The Emergency Preparedness Test shall consider how the site and its team:

  • plans for such an event;
  • provides essential resources to deal with such an event;
  • trains its staff to deal with such an event;
  • organises its resources to deal with such an event;
  • communicates internally and externally during such an event;
  • responds to such an event in respect of timeliness and appropriateness;
  • records such an event and the availability of documentation available to provide a suitable evidence trail;
  • performs during such an event in relation to protecting staff, occupiers and property; and
  • manages any re-instatement following such an event.

In some instances, modified or updated plans may be required as part of the corrective actions, as well as training of the key staff involved.

Please contact us for more information.