New Empathia White Paper Urges Employers to Plan Ahead for Workplace Evacuations

MILWAUKEE, Wis. / April 11, 2011 — Many employers are woefully unprepared to protect their workforce during a large-scale disaster, defining “evacuation preparedness” as merely hosting an annual fire drill. In the wake of the devastating 9.0 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Empathia, Inc., has authored a white paper that will help companies develop and implement a truly effective evacuation plan.

The paper, “Changing the Culture: Best Practices for Employee Evacuation Planning,” is available for free download from Empathia. Drawn from decades of experience in managing large-scale and mass casualty events, the white paper covers the following topics:

– Planning Ahead and Communication
– Rethinking Your Facility and Escape Routes
– Post-Evacuation Steps
– Aiding First-Responders
– Maintaining a Culture of Safety

“Crisis management has received a great deal of attention in the past decade,” said author Joseph DesPlaines, a disaster preparedness expert at Empathia and author of the paper. “Terrorist attacks, natural disasters, and workplace violence incidents routinely make headlines, culminating with last month’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan. These events present a serious concern for organizations that need to protect their most valuable assets—their workforce.”

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About Empathia, Inc.
Empathia provides behavioral health solutions that improve the well-being, safety and productivity of organizations and individuals. The company collaborates with private and public sector entities from expansive Fortune 500 corporations to small businesses in addressing a diverse range of needs: employee assistance, disaster response and planning, work-life balance, employee relations, leadership development, training and benefits support. Founded in 1982 under the name NEAS, Empathia has distinguished itself as a quality leader dedicated to creating a superior customer experience for both client organizations and employees. For more information, visit

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Carrie Reuter
Empathia, Inc.

Elrond Lawrence
HRmarketer for Empathia


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