chapter  18
11 Pages

Checklists

WithJim Rowan, Sharon Rowan

Checklists are one of the simplest yet most effective tools we can use.

Check lists are:

Simple to Make Up. They all follow the same basic format with just some of the procedures changing Notice in the examples that follow they have some specific information pertaining to the incident, and then common sense procedures to follow.

A Necessity in an Emergency. Although they are commonsense items, most people forget what they supposed to do when faced with an unexpected crisis.

Proven Method to Ensure People Do Not Miss Critical Items in an Emergency. The military police and fire departments all use checklists from time to time in different emergencies.

Members of each unit or section should have their own set of checklists for their position, from CSRs to CEO.

The checklists must cover all incidents that are likely for your area. The ones that are listed below are not a comprehensive list. If you are in doubt as to the types of checklists you should have, look back at the risk analysis chart.

The fire department and police in most areas can help you with instructions for the life-preservation section of most checklists. That is the part that says when to get out and where to go.

Checklists must be as simple as possible; they must cover major points and be available to all employees. Remember: any position, any time, could detect a possible disaster, or receive a telephone call about a bomb threat, fire, or a number of other possible disasters.