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When it comes to emergency planning
and strategy, it is important to
take into consideration risks associated
with certain age groups and
special populations as well:
What potential risks are present
for infants, school-age children,
teens and seniors?
✓Have you considered identification
of: (1) choking dangers and slipand-fall
hazards; (2) training on
child-proofing, injury prevention
and anti-bullying policies; and
(3) appropriate staff training on
diversity, equity and inclusion?
What potential risks exist for
your special population user
groups?
✓Can your organization provide
translation services in the event
of an emergency? Can your organization
communicate
those who may
speech
with
be
or
visually
hearing,
impaired?
What about those patrons who
may be cognitively impaired or
morbidly obese?
✓Are your facilities
accessible
for people with disabilities? Are
your special events accessible for
people with disabilities?
Team Up With Your Local
First Responders
Teamwork is essential when dealing
with an emergency situation. Every
park and recreation staff member
should have a clearly defined role.
Additionally, including your local
first responders is key to incident
preplanning. These agencies are
highly trained in a variety of emergency
response techniques and can
integrate their knowledge and experience
into your organization.
When it comes to risk and emergency
preparedness, your local fireA
quality safety plan
clearly defines roles,
responsibilities and
procedures for each staff
member.
fighters have developed preplanning
strategies for a number of buildings
and facilities within your town or
city. They can bring in specialized
equipment to assist with rescue operations
and handling hazardous
materials. Your emergency medical
service providers have protocols
and online medical direction to provide
emergency prehospital care for
all kinds of medical emergencies,
including mass casualty incidents.
Lastly, your law enforcement
agents have specialized training in
terrorism, active shooter scenarios
and large-scale threats. All of these
public safety personnel have roles
and duties in an emergency.
Learning how to synergize the
resources you have along with the
resources available to you is critical
in planning for emergencies. Practicing
and drilling your staff is important
to your daily operations but
these training procedures should be
done annually in conjunction with
your local first responders, so that
all rescuers can train properly in
their roles. The more training that
is done, the more prepared your
organization will be to handle any
emergency that may arise.
Creating Your Safety Plan
A quality safety plan clearly defines
roles,
responsibilities
and
procedures
for each staff member.
Communication procedures are explained,
resources are listed, and all
staff are expected to demonstrate
competency and knowledge of the
contents of the plan. Training must
be conducted annually and metrics
for competency should be implemented
and constantly evaluated.
Ideally, your organization's safety
plan should be incorporated into
daily operations. Some specific elements
of your organization's safety
plan should include the following
but should not be limited to:
* Chain of command expectations
* Scenario-specific emergency action
plans with detailed instructions
- Emergency action plans
should encompass standard operating
procedures and standard
operating guidelines if you currently
have these instituted within
your organization
* Communication methods
* Contingency plans if you have
them
It's About Preparation
In summary, we can use this acronym
to highlight the key points in
emergency preparedness for your
park and recreation organization:
P - Preplanning
R - Resources available
E - Emergency action plans
P - Partnerships within the
community
A - Accessibility of your facilities
for first responders
R - Rules and regulations of your
organization
E - Education of your staff and
public
Jaimie Clout, CPRP, CPO, LGIT, FF1&2, EMT-B, is Aquatics
Supervisor for City of Bristol (Connecticut) Parks, Recreation,
Youth and Community Services (jaimieclout@bristolct.gov).
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