8 Things to Include in your EAP
When it comes to your Emergency Actions Plan, any play can serve as a reminder. This blog focuses on 8 things to include in your EAP.
An A+, 10/10 Emergency Action Plan covers any emergency including but not limited to: active shooter, missing child, medical emergency of a participant, medical emergency of a spectator, weather related policies including heat/cold, lightning, tornado or hurricanes and more.
Those EAPs fill a 3 ring binder. While you’re working towards the gold standard, here are 8 things you to include when you’re creating emergency action plan:
- The chain of command and roles of medical staff in the event of an emergency. Determine who is calling the shots.
- The roles of non-medical staff such as coaches, referees, parents, school admins, etc. In the event of an emergency, know who will unlock the gate; know who will direct the ambulance; know who will manage crowd control.
- Note any gates/doors/elevators/stairways that would need to be unlocked or cleared for EMTs to get through.
- Locations of the AEDs and additional medical equipment such as splint bags, bag valve masks and supplemental oxygen. Do you have these? Can you access them? Should you have these?
- Weather related policies including heat, cold, lightning and acts of God!
- An accurate list of contact numbers for medical staff, facility/school admins and coaches.
- Copies of your EAP that are facility-specific, presented and distributed to all staff at the start of an event, game, or season.
- The nearest hospital, with an address and contact information should be listed. There may be several for larger metropolitan areas. It is also good to add the nearest urgent care and pharmacies, because not every issue will require the emergency department.
Remember, your emergency action plan is a living, breathing document. As your events, venues, and personnel change, your plan must also change! Each season, new construction on campus or a new facility director should all prompt a review of your EAP so that it is accurate for the event happening that day.
If you need help or want to chat through your EAP, check out Office Hours with AT Community Manager Josh Beard, MA, ATC.
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