Developing a Communications Plan
Just as important as having an evacuation plan in place in advance of an emergency is pre-arranging a two-way communication system — one that includes contingency measures!
Two common problems to consider:
1. Basic service may be temporarily or totally disrupted, so don’t rely exclusively on speed dialing or cell service.(Text messaging is sometimes available before full voice service is restored.)
2. You may be away from your studio when disaster strikes — and your co-workers or employees may (or may not) be on the scene.
Make a Plan A and a Plan B for staying in touch.
First, put in place procedures (and fallbacks) for two-way communication before, during, and after a disaster with:
Make sure all those working in your studio are familiar with the emergency communication system.
In your studio, post a list of emergency contacts in a visible place. If you have a Studio Protector wall guide, fill out the “Getting Help” booklet and let everyone know its location. A pdf version of the booklet is available below. Update your lists at least once a year.
When you’re away from the studio, carry a duplicate copy of the Studio Protector ”Getting Help” booklet, or: