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Emergency Response

Last updated: November 8, 2018

What Does Emergency Response Mean?

Emergency response includes any systematic response to an unexpected or dangerous occurrence. The goal of an emergency response procedure is to mitigate the impact of the event on people and the environment.

Safeopedia Explains Emergency Response

Emergency situations warranting a response can range from natural disasters to hazardous materials problems and transportation incidents. Emergency response plans are a critical component of workplace safety.

Response time is an important aspect of emergency response. This refers to how long it takes emergency responders to arrive at the scene of an emergency after the emergency response system has been activated. A long response time can result in increased and permanent damage, a higher likelihood of fatalities, and greater distress to those involved. As such, response time is often used as a proxy for the effectiveness of an emergency response program.


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