Emergency (response) plans are essential and provide guidance to an emergency response service of an organisation. A response plan describes the course of action and coordination of staff and services involved in emergency response activities within the organisation, but should include collaboration aspects with external emergency response services as well. Emergency response plans contribute to prevention and control of incidents, accidents and emergencies with high-risk pathogens. Appropriate emergency planning and preparations facilitates immediate action upon inadvertent exposure of employees to fire, biological agents, or monitor vital areas during an incident.
This biosecurity pillar of good practice provides insight into:
- Internal organization of emergency response services.
- Coordination between internal and external emergency response services.
- Monitoring, registering and evaluating of incidents.