A program coordinator should be assigned by management to lead the development of the preparedness program and will be responsible for achieving the goals and objectives that have been established by management. The role of the program coordinator should be communicated throughout the business.
The program coordinator leads a program committee that will provide input into the preparedness program. It will also assist with the development, implementation, evaluation and maintenance of the program. The Committee should include employees with knowledge of all aspects of the business.
These functional areas may include:
- Human Resources
- Public Relations
- Insurance and Risk Management
- Environmental Health and Safety (EHS)
- Labor Relations
- Facilities or Property Management
- Information Technology
- Purchasing, Supply Chain and Distribution
- Quality Control
External participants can also provide valuable input. Opening lines of communication and developing relationships with public emergency services, contractors and vendors now will prove beneficial in emergencies. Consider reaching out to the following:
- Law Enforcement
- Fire Department (including rescue service)
- Emergency Medical Services
- Hazardous Materials Contractor
- Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)
- Emergency Management Agency
- Public Health
- Public Works
Use the Program Coordinator and Committee Worksheet to identify members of your program committee and compile contact information.