Koinonia’s Emergency Preparedness Informational Brochure

Koinonia’s Emergency Preparedness Informational Brochure

In the event of an emergency situation, staff are educated on how to appropriately handle specific situations according to Koinonia’s Emergency Preparedness Plan that is located at each residential site. This plan aims to keep the individuals we serve safe by means of appropriate lodging, supplies, food, clothing, and other aspects. Staff are trained on site-specific procedures upon hire and again annually, at a minimum. All staff will be immediately retrained in the event that changes are made to a client’s needs in emergency situations. The entire plan is reviewed by the agency on an annual basis.

For each residential site, an individualized 54-point Hazard Vulnerability Risk Assessment was conducted to identify potential hazards. This assessment serves as the guide for Koinonia’s Emergency Preparedness Plan, and focuses the most attention and resources on the greatest risks. Koinonia’s Emergency Preparedness Plan is available at any time for review by family members or guardians at their request. 

Koinonia’s Emergency Preparedness Plan aims to guide staff and individuals procedurally in the event of the following:

  • Bomb Threat
  • Evacuation
  • Extreme Weather: Ice/Cold Blizzard/Snow
  • Extreme Weather: Heat
  • Fire (External)
  • Fire (Internal)
  • Fire Watch
  • Flood
  • Hazardous Material/Waste Spill
  • Infectious Disease (Pandemic Influenza)
  • Missing Resident
  • Shelter in Place
  • Utility Failure
  • Workplace Violence (Armed Intruder, Employee Threats)
  • Other Relevant Emergency Threats

Notification Procedure:

Family members and guardians will be notified in the event of the emergency after the individual’s safety is secured, including plans to deal with the present emergency, relocation sites, etc. In the event that individuals need to be relocated, connections have been made with external partners such as local churches, hotels, and day facilities to accommodate potential overnight needs.

Please ensure that all contact information is kept up-to-date. If family member/guardian contact information has changed, please request a Contact Information Form.

In the event of a potential emergency situation, family members and guardians can reach out to the site supervisor to inquire about the well-being of their loved one.