In the wake of recent tragic events in London, Egypt and New Orleans, GMAC Global Relocation Services has released a report offering advice to companies on how to create an emergency evacuation plan.

The report was researched and written by Kirsten Kubala Cleveland, the company’s manager of Strategic Services, and discusses what she calls companies’ “fundamental responsibility to protect their employees,” then offers a step-by-step approach to creating an effective emergency evacuation plan.

The entire text of “Emergency Evacuation – Is Your Company Prepared?” can be downloaded free at

The report covers steps for large and small companies. It touches on the importance of identifying key personnel who will be responsible for putting a plan together and then assembling the company’s crisis management team.

The report also discusses the importance of having employees assemble and have handy a “Departure Kit” for themselves and their families that they could quickly retrieve during an evacuation. Suggested contents of the kit include passports, visas, birth certificates, bank account information and medical records, among other key personal items.

Other topics discuss transportation challenges that may arise during an evacuation; evaluating the level of danger and when and how to act to protect employees and their families; how to maintain communications during an emergency, when phone lines and computers may not be available; and how to handle medical emergencies that may arise during the course of an evacuation.

The company will be distributing copies of Strategic Advisor, the publication in which the report appears, at the Employee Relocation Council Global Workforce Symposium this week in Chicago.

GMAC Global Relocation Services, a subsidiary of GMAC Home Services, provides global relocation and assignment management services.


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