Emergency preparedness for working at home
Last updated: June 14, 2021
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A Telework Agreement (DOCX, 95KB) must be signed by you and your supervisor for any flexible work arrangements where the employee is working at home or another location outside of the office.
Being prepared for an emergency in your home is always good practice. When our homes become our places of work, emergency preparedness is more than a good idea—it is a work responsibility.
Determine an accessible location within your home to store the materials listed below. Review emergency plans and procedures regularly to remain informed about how to proceed in case of injury or emergency.
- Make sure emergency communications channels are easily accessible, such as land line, mobile phone, instant messaging (IM), email or dispatch services
- Create a contact list of important phone numbers, such as those of your supervisor, team members, medical clinic, 911 and the RCMP
- You must have emergency preparedness supplies, such as water, food, medications, heat, light, fuel, money and contacts list
- See PreparedBC for help in building a kit
Prepare for earthquake, fire, power outage, flood, or other emergency:
- Assess potential hazards in the telework location and environment
- Have a practical response plan for each identified hazard
- Complete PreparedBC’s fill-in-the-blanks emergency plan
Home emergency evacuation plan
Create an evacuation plan that answers the following questions:
- When should I evacuate?
- How should I evacuate and by what route or method?
- Where should I go when I evacuate?
- Who should I call or notify?
Fire and smoke warning systems
- Your home should have working smoke alarms on every level of the home and outside every sleeping area
- Every home with at least one fuel-burning appliance/heater, attached garage or fireplace should have a working carbon monoxide (CO) alarm installed on every level of the home and outside each sleeping area
- Keep a list of first aid contact numbers such as for your doctor, 911 and your supervisor
- Know the anticipated time for emergency responders to arrive so that you are prepared to make the best emergency decisions possible (will it take minutes, hours or days?)
- Have a basic first aid kit in your home and car
- Know the first aid incident reporting procedures. All injuries that occur in the course of work must be reported to the supervisor immediately, and properly documented