IV. I. EMERGENCY SERVICES Calculate the average response time for staff, police, fire, and medical services. How might this affect your plan for handling a specific emergency? If the situation occurred at night or on a weekend or holiday, how might the response time differ? What would the response time be if the disaster were community‑wide? See Appendix 10 for sample Location and Response Time of Emergency Personnel.
Seek counsel from your local fire department, police, and city or county Emergency Management Office. Give them an opportunity to review a draft of your plan. Getting to know these people can be very helpful in the event of an emergency at your facility. Some institutions have a standing invitation for members of the local fire and police department to visit the institution free as a way of becoming more familiar with your facility. Special tours for emergency professionals are also helpful.
At least one maritime institution hosts an annual 911 Weekend, where staff take part in an intense weekend of training in first aid, firefighting, rescue, and emergency medical procedures, including mock emergencies. Such a weekend event would be a great time for staff, volunteers, and trustees to test the institutions disaster preparedness and recovery plan. You can also invite local emergency personnel (fire, rescue, and police departments, Coast Guard, etc.) to familiarize them with your facility and to give them an opportunity to offer suggestions on how your plan might be improved.