News | April 19, 2021

DLA Installation Management Susquehanna’s Prepareathon topic #3: Emergency Action Plan

By DLA Distribution Public Affairs

Defense Logistics Agency Installation Management Susquehanna Security & Emergency Services team initiated a preparedness program for the month of April. Deemed “April Prepareathon,” the Emergency Management team will provide a new topic each week this month to assist employees with preparing for disasters and other emergencies. 

This week’s topic covers emergency action plans.

“Prepareathon was developed to motivate everyone to act and to prepare for disasters that may affect their communities,” Installation Emergency Manager Rick Zucchero said, in an all-hands email message sent out to installation employees.  

Zucchero shared the following information on Emergency Action Plans:

With spring upon us, it is time to review your agency’s Emergency Action Plan!

An Emergency Action Plan, or EAP, is a guide of protective actions that you can take in response to a hazard or threat. You may need to safely evacuate a building or even the installation, or you may need to shelter-in-place in a designated shelter location inside your work location from a hazard or threat outside.  

Your EAP prepares you for potential hazards that could affect your work center such as:

    •    Medical emergency
    •    Fire 
    •    Hazmat/Chemical Spill
    •    Police/Law Enforcement Emergency 
    •    Bomb Threat 
    •    Terrorist Attack 
    •    Other hazards requiring an immediate response from first responders 

Your agency’s EAP is required to be read and reviewed once a year and exercised twice a year. Reach out to your supervisor or local force protection representative for more information regarding your work area emergency action plans.

Also, consider creating an EAP for your home!

    •    Sign up for local emergency alerts and warnings 
    •    Develop a shelter plan
    •    Plan evacuation routes 
    •    Create a communication plan 
    •    Build an emergency preparedness kit
    •    Consider specific needs in your household (medications, dietary needs, pets)

More information about emergency action plans can be found at www.ready.gov.