This year started out economically strong in Nashville, Tennessee. The city has ranked within the top 10 large metro areas for job growth and population over the last six years, and more than half of the nation’s population resides within 650 miles of Nashville. In early January, a Zillow survey even named the city – known for its country music, southern food, hospitality and growing tech scene – as the fourth hottest real estate market in the country. A few weeks later, the Greater Nashville Regional Council released estimates that the region’s population would grow by more than 50% by 2045.
In early March, the excitement turned to concern when at least 10 tornadoes hit the West and Middle Tennessee areas, killing 25 people and injuring more than 300 others. The experience brought home how quickly things can change – and how important it is to prepare ahead of time with practices and protocols in place. The Hire Dynamics team was ready, yet it was still challenging to react when many of our own were among those affected. Reflecting on our experience, we have gathered key checklists that may help other staffing agencies to respond quickly and effectively if faced with a similar crisis.
Prepare Before a Crisis Hits
There are key steps to take before a crisis hits, including:
- Have an emergency action plan in place. It should detail WHO in an office is responsible for WHAT, WHERE information is stored, and WHEN to begin to implement the plan.
- Have up-to-date contact information for employees and talent as well as whom to contact on their behalf in an emergency.
- Collect multiple ways to reach people, including their address, phone, text and email information. Some communications channels may not be working in the first hours after a natural disaster, but others might be.
Assess Talent and Employee Safety
When a crisis strikes, it’s important to assess talent and employee safety quickly, by following these steps:
- Compare residential addresses of employees and talent to the areas affected. Identify priority people to contact. After the tornadoes hit, we used ZIP codes of talents’ addresses and placed them on a map to give a view by county and overall. Then, we used Google Earth to look at the damaged areas, assess if talent lived in those areas and determine how to get there to help if possible. Continue to monitor the missing persons list to see if talent or employees are on it. Read more here…
Source: The Staffing Stream