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Emergency Preparedness for Business

A comprehensive plan for dealing with terrorism-related events should include specific instructions to building occupants, actions to be taken by facility management, and first responder notification procedures. The links below should assist in the development of these plans.

Emergency Management for Business and IndustryExternal
This web site provides information on how to protect your business from disasters and an emergency management guide for business and industry.

OSHA Evacuation Plans and Procedures eToolExternal
This eTool will help small, low-hazard service or retail businesses implement an emergency action plan, and comply with OSHA’s emergency standards.

This document is a disaster planning toolkit that enables small businesses to identify hazards, as well as plan for and reduce the impact of disasters. Also provides advice on insurance, disaster supplies and other things that make a small business more disaster resistant.

Employee Fire and Life Safety: Developing a Preparedness Plan and Conducting Emergency Evacuation DrillsCdc-pdfExternal
This document provides information about developing an emergency action plan, including fire prevention plans.

NFPA 1600: Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity ProgramsExternal
This standard establishes a common set of criteria for disaster/emergency management and business continuity programs.

Shelter In Place Information Center (National Institute for Chemical Studies)Cdc-pdfExternal
This web page provides links to National Institute for Chemical Studies (NICS) documents and other information related to establishing and implementing sheltering-in-place programs.

There are steps that businesses can take to protect against and minimize the effects of a terrorist attack. The links below provide guidance on steps businesses can take to improve the protective features of their facilities.

Guidance for Filtration and Air-Cleaning Systems to Protect Building Environments from Airborne Chemical, Biological, or Radiological Attacks
DHHS (NIOSH) Pub No. 2003-136
This document provides preventive measures that building owners and managers can implement to protect building air environments from a terrorist release of chemical, biological, or radiological contaminants.

Guidance for Protecting Building Environments from Airborne Chemical, Biological, or Radiological Attacks
DHHS (NIOSH) Pub No. 2002-139
This document identifies actions that a building owner or manager can implement without undue delay to enhance occupant protection from an airborne chemical, biological, or radiological attack.

Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism StandardsExternal
An interim final rule from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that imposes comprehensive federal security regulations for high-risk chemical facilities. This rule establishes risk-based performance standardsExternal for the security of our nation’s chemical facilities.

NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards
Source of general industrial hygiene information on several hundred chemicals/classes for workers, employers, and occupational health professionals.

International Chemical Safety Cards (WHO/IPCS/ILO)
IPCS cards summarize essential health and safety information on chemicals for their use at the “shop floor” level by workers and employers in factories, agriculture, construction and other work places.

Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response (CDC)
Facts and resources about Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and other emergency situations.

Department of Homeland SecurityExternal
Information on emergencies & disasters, threats, protection, etc.

Emergency Response Program (EPA)External
Information on the National Response System, reporting triggers, community involvement, etc.

Chemical Emergency Preparedness and Prevention (EPA)External
Includes risk management plans, emergency planning, laws and regulations, general chemical information, etc.

US National Response Team (NRT)External
Describes the components of the National Response System, lessons learned from multi-agency federal exercises, national guidance and reports, relevant statutes and regulations, HAZMAT accident databases, more…

The Disaster Handbook (University of Florida)External
These materials refer not just to disaster preparedness, but to surviving disaster situations and recovering from them.

If you believe that someone has been exposed to a biological or chemical agent, or if you believe an intentional biological threat will occur or is occurring, please contact your local health department and/or your local police or other law enforcement agency.

CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response Contacts
Information on who to contact in an emergency. For use by state and local health officials and healthcare providers, emergency notification procedures, first responders information, more.

This page contains links to various disaster offices that are created and maintained by other organizations. Includes state disaster assistance offices and agencies.

FBI Field Office InformationExternal
Alphabetical listing (by city) of FBI Field Offices.

National Response Center (NRC)External
The NRC is the sole federal point of contact for reporting oil and chemical spills. This web site features a On-Line Reporting Application that provides users the ability to easily submit incident reports to the NRC.

Poison Control Center Members – U. S. (American Association of Poison Control Centers)External
Search engine for finding local poison control centers.

State Health Departments (CDC)
Search engine for finding state health departments contact information.

State Offices and Agencies of Emergency Management (FEMA)External Alphabetical listing (by state) of emergency management agencies.

Page last reviewed: November 30, 2018