- For Coaches
An Emergency Action Plan (EAP) is a written set of procedures that details the appropriate response to different types of emergencies you, your coaches and your administrators may encounter throughout the football season. Although no team wants to experience an emergency, it is better to be prepared in case situations do arise. These situations include, but are not limited to, events such as a medical emergency and severe weather.
Your EAP is an integral part of your organization’s efforts to mitigate risk. The primary purposes of an EAP are to:
A comprehensive and well-communicated EAP is important because it:
Did you know that enrolled organizations get an Emergency Action Plan template and other related resources?
Your EAP should be venue specific. If your organization is utilizing multiple venues, this will necessitate multiple unique EAPs. Each EAP should include, at a minimum, the following: *
Describe the emergency team involved when the EAP is activated and the roles of each person.
What communication devices are available, where are they located, what number to call in an emergency, specific information and directions to the venue to provide to EMS response team.
Location of equipment should be quickly accessible and clearly listed. Equipment needs to be maintained on a regular basis.
Describe options and estimated response times for emergency transportation.
This should be specific to the venue and provide instructions for easy access to venue. This should also include containment procedures should containment become necessary.
Establish scene safety and immediate care of the athlete, activation of EMS, equipment retrieval and direction of EMS to the scene.
These emergencies can refer to the school or organization EAP plan if one is in place.
Make sure your coaches and administrators know how to prepare for a weather emergency, where to go in a weather emergency and when they can return to the field upon its conclusion.
Make sure that it is provided to all administrators and coaches.
Practice your organization’s response to various emergencies at least once a year.
Review your EAP at least once a year to make any necessary updates.
*Emergency Action Plan components from the Korey Stringer Institute.