How often should I do emergency drills?
The answer is not straightforward unfortunately. The frequency of drills is going to be determined by a number of factors, including local regulations and business activity. Please check out this blog entry for a detailed explanation on how often to drill for what emergency type.
What is EVA Emergency?
EVA Emergency is a software application to better communicate with site occupants and assist in emergency coordination and exercises using maps and icons. See our features page for more information.
Where do I start?
Just follow three simple steps:
- Register your Company in the Back End Application
- Create a new Site and enter Emergency Contacts, draw the Site boundary and place emergency equipment on the map.
- Register users to the Site (incl. yourself)
Now you’re ready to play with the app. You can check the Quick Start Guide for more info. You have 30 days to make up your mind and test the app fully. No need to enter payment details or anything until then! 🙂
How does EVA Emergency work?
EVA Emergency uses workers’ smartphones to notify them of site emergencies, provide them with real-time information (text and visual) and share worker’s location with emergency coordinators for assistance.
What about privacy?
What do I need to use EVA Emergency in my workplace?
You need a computer with internet access for initial company and site setup (check our Quick Start Guide.) Employees, contractors and visitors need their personal smartphones with GPS and internet access enabled (no additional hardware required.)
Where can EVA Emergency work?
For the most basic features you only need mobile reception. If you can get a decent GPS signal (e.g. not in a mine shaft) then the full set of features become available.
Do I need to keep an up-to-date register of site occupants?
It depends on whether your site has emergency sirens / alarms / PA system or not. If it does, using Public Mode (i.e. logged-out status) all site occupants can get alerted without being registered and then they can gain access to site emergency information by manually launching the app. Emergency wardens need to be registered in any case (to describe and trigger the alarm.)
What types of businesses can benefit from EVA Emergency?
All types! From schools to farms, building sites, cemeteries, wineries, water treatment plants, university campuses, quarries, golf courses, train stations, racecourses, hospitals, ports, caravan parks etc.
What types of emergencies can EVA Emergency handle?
We have incorporated four standard emergency icons (fire, security threat, toxic spill and medical emergency) plus a general warning icon and no-go zones. Combining these in a map of your premises and making use of a text field wardens can describe the emergency and give directions to site occupants and registered users on what to do.
How much does EVA Emergency cost?
The first 30 days are free so you can test it and see if it is useful for your team and at your workplace. After that you’ll have to pay a monthly subscription fee which depends on the number of registered users you plan to have and your site characteristics. The cost will be charged in your local currency and won’t be affected by changes in the exchange rates.
Can EVA Emergency substitute other emergency tools?
EVA Emergency is a tool intended to be used primarily as a complement to other emergency management systems and is ideal for for conducting emergency drills and evacuation exercises. Due to the nature of the mobile technology it is not advisable to exclusively rely upon the application in case of real emergencies. Having said that, our evacuation app has multiple redundant processes to maximise reliabilily (e.g. if a user doesn’t have the app installed, they will still receive an SMS with a web link to the emergency details.)
EVA Emergency has features that conventional systems don’t offer such as geo-location of site users, real-time alarm updates through a map interface and management of unregistered users.
We recommend you read our Terms and Conditions to understand how EVA Emergency works.
Why do I need EVA Emergency?
First of all, EVA Emergency makes drills a lot more interesting. By changing the type of emergency you exercise, your team becomes more prepared to deal with a real emergency. Try different fire locations, have a moving hazard or change the assembly areas and you’ll see your workforce becoming more engaged.
Of course every site is different and you may actually not need the app, however there could be a number of situations that are applicable to your site. We have called these the ‘what-ifs’ (inspired by learning from emergencies):
- What if a contractor doesn’t know how to report an emergency?
- What if you have a fire close to an assembly point?
- What if the wind is directing a toxic gas, fume or smoke to an assembly point?
- What if your contractors do not understand the emergency message broadcast via the PA system?
- What if a worker cannot hear well?
- What if the hazard is moving?
- What if the incident affects the availability of your PA system?
- What if a contractor is not familiar with the evacuation points?
- What if a contractor is not familiar with the name of the area where the incident occurred?
- What if the incident has the potential to cross your site boundary and affect other businesses?
- What if after conducting a roll call you are missing a person and you don’t know where he / she is?
- What if the person referred to above is unconscious?
- What if the emergency is nothing like what you have exercised before?
In the end…