New emergency planning tool for SMEs launched

EmePoint, an online emergency planning tool developed by Healthpoint ANZ, has been launched this week at the Australian & New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference in Queensland. 

EmePoint, an online emergency planning tool developed by Healthpoint ANZ, has been launched this week at the Australian & New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference in Queensland. 

For small businesses that can’t afford expensive emergency planning consulting services but need to comply with government regulations and supplier standards, the tool can be a boon.

EmePoint uses a framework developed by experts in risk identification, emergency planning management and business continuity planning. It guides users through an intuitive process online to produce a customised emergency response plan that identifies and assesses risks specific to the organisation. After completing and publishing the plan they are ready to respond to an event and, when one occurs, they will be able to recover more rapidly.

Andy Wisheart, Emergency Planning Business Development Manager of Healthpoint ANZ, which offers customised cloud-based emergency planning software for SMEs, said there is an unmet need amongst SMEs for emergency planning.

“There is an unmet need amongst SMEs for emergency planning,” said Wisheart. “EmePoint allows a small business to easily develop a customised plan for emergencies, often within a day. EmePoint can provide small businesses in any sector with an emergency plan – from schools and law firms to garages and retail stores – not just the health sector.”

“Small businesses provide an enormous amount of goods and services to large organisations, but that’s all at-risk if they haven’t got a plan for responding to events that can limit their operational ability,” adds Kate Rhind, Managing Director of Healthpoint ANZ.

“The reliance on smaller companies by larger ones has seen an increase in contractual requirements around emergency planning, and it is mandatory for governmental contracts. The Australia worksafe legislation also places responsibility for emergency planning on employers. Alongside this, any organisation seeking a quality accreditation will need to show comprehensive and robust planning.”

EmePoint covers a wide range of situations, from, amongst others, large-scale emergencies to smaller crises that disrupt small businesses, from risk identification to loss of power supply, disruption of utilities provision and telecomms and IT services.

A free 14-day trial of EmePoint free from www.emepoint.com/.

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