Workplace Emergencies and Natural Disasters: An Overview

Workplace Emergencies and Natural Disasters: An Overview 

Anything can happen. Most people would agree that emergencies and disasters are some of “the worst” things that could occur. No one really expects an emergency to happen to them, right? Yet emergencies do occur--each and every day. They can strike anywhere, to anyone, at any time. Their impact can be devastating. This course is an overview of some of the most common workplace emergencies and the actions employees must take to cope with unexpected hazardous situations. Each workplace is unique. This course provides a general framework for understanding and using an employer’s individualized, comprehensive plan for emergencies. You will be exploring the basic elements of an emergency plan and using them to be effective during a crisis scenario. After taking this course, learners should feel more confident in their ability to read and understand an emergency plan, so they can action in an emergency situation and ensure the safety of anyone they may be responsible for.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (5 Match)

National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals


This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Texas Health and Human Services Commission


Texas HHSC has determined that Relias Learning’s submitted training meets or exceeds the minimum standards for HCSSA administrator training in the following categories: Licensed Home Health (LHH) Licensed and Certified Home Health (L&CHH) Personal Assistance Services (PAS) Hospice. Texas HHSC also recognizes Relias Learning provides continuing education for administrators and alternate administrators. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education


This course is approved by the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education.

Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals


This program is approved for 1.00 hours by the Dietary Managers Association. Approval code 163055.

National Certification Council for Activity Professionals


This course is NCCAP approved NCCAP500266-21NT. All NCCAP approved courses count 100% towards certification.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-ALL-0-NDEP
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 6/30/2021
Learning Objectives:
Identify some common workplace emergencies that could impact your organization.
Apply the information and instructions in an Emergency Action Plan during an emergency incident, including steps for evacuating and for sheltering-in-place.
Explain the different communication and notification systems used during an emergency and the advantages of each.

Section 1: Introduction A. The Day Before B. About this Course C. Learning Objectives Section 2. What is a Workplace Emergency? A. Workplace Emergency B. Power Outage C. Fire D. Hazardous Materials E. Workplace Violence F. Natural Disasters – Earthquakes, Tornadoes, Hurricanes, Flooding G. Medical Emergencies Section 3. Emergency Action Plan (EAP) A. THE EAP - Emergency Action Plan B. Explore the EAP Section 4: Simulation A. Blackout B. Should I Stay or Should I Go? C. Safe Evacuation D. Conclusion Section 5. Conclusion A. Course Summary B. Congratulations

Expert Reviewer: John Burnap
John Burnap is a multi-disciplinary emergency preparedness and response professional with over 25 years of experience with local, state-wide, and federal level emergencies and disasters. His work in emergency response started at age 18 as an Emergency Medical Technician in California, and includes expertise as a firefighter, American Red Cross disaster response specialist, FEMA evacuation planner, hospital emergency preparedness manager, and electric utility emergency planner. In his current role he serves as Emergency Preparedness Specialist and Logistics Branch Director for one of the largest electric utility companies in New England, while consulting privately on emergency preparedness training and exercises. Disclosure: John Burnap has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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