A comprehensive post-crisis emergency action plan is crucial.
It’s a good idea to put all the elements in an easily
accessible envelope. The envelope should contain:
- Contact list. Phone numbers are crucial in
a post-crisis situation. The next supervisor in line, the
designated spokesperson, the insurance company, the risk-management
system, and the park district should be listed on the contact
sheet. Some park districts have their own emergency response team
set up to support the facility.
- Forms. A log of conditions at the time of
the incident should all be available. Time, weather, water and air
temperatures as well as sun, water conditions, and chemical logs
are some factors to record. List the employees and lifeguards
directly involved, and the companions who were with the
- Witness statements. A form prepared with
set questions, such as who was located where, what the conditions
were, and what happened is also a good idea. Identify a staff
member to get nonstaff statements as well.
- Copies. These should include all lifeguard
certification and training records. Make sure these are updated and
current. One Arizona facility forgot to do this check and two
lifeguards were found without current certification, says Ron
Gilbert, attorney and chairman of the Foundation for Aquatic Injury
Prevention in Fenton, Mich. “You don’t want a lifeguard
[to be deposed] … without current certification,” he
- Camera. Keep a loaded camera ready to take
pictures of the scene. These can be become invaluable later.
- Checklist. Make sure each necessary step
is compiled onto a checklist for easy guidance.