There are many types of emergency training available. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. In many communities, CERT training is available free.

The American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, and many other community organizations offer emergency training. Consider CPR, or purchasing and training employees on an AED (automated external defibrillator). Check with your insurance agent to see if offering safety training could lower your insurance rates.

Having employees that are equipped to deal with emergencies will make your business more disaster-resilient, and it could save a life.

Resources:

  • CERT Training: http://www.fema.gov/community-emergency-response-teams
  • Red Cross Training: http://redcross.org/what-we-do/training-education
  • American Heart Association: http://www.heart.org