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Expert’s Corner: Why Preparedness Is Crucial in Disaster Response and Recovery

A good disaster preparedness plan for a manufacturer has several key parts, according to Shawn Kitchell, vice president of manufacturing at Woburn, Mass.-based Madico Inc., a maker of window film that sells into 75 countries worldwide. At the most basic level, Kitchell said, each manufacturing facility should have an emergency response plan that details all potential emergency events and what responses to them must be. The emergency response plan should cover fires and explosions; chemical releases; severe weather events, earthquakes and sinkholes; structural failures; acts of violence and terrorism; and other calamities. The plan needs to make clearly who is in charge during an emergency event, and all employees must be trained in following it.

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