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Business Safety Plan Checklist

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Sheriff Dart recommends businesses complete and implement a Business Safety Plan to be used during any emergency to assist law enforcement and first responders upon arrival. As a service to all Cook County business owners, you will find below, in PDF form, the complete template for the Plan and a “Build Your Bag” checklist. These items will help in the event of a security-related incident or other emergency.

The Cook County Sheriff’s Business Safety Plan can be given to law enforcement personnel immediately upon their arrival on the scene. This will greatly assist police, firefighters and other first responders in knowing precisely what your facility presents in terms of layout, points of access, hazards, equipment and other important information – including personnel photos and numbers.

We urge you to complete these documents, make them familiar to all appropriate management and, of course, have them at the ready should a need arise. Thank you.

“Build Your Bag”

Duffle Bag / Backpack / Gym Bag

Master Keys

Have access to all areas of all the buildings

Blue Prints of Building

Map of Building

Your building should be separated into zones for searching purposes

List of Emergency Codes

Code Black, Code Blue, Code Red, Code Orange

Paper Photos of Every Employee

Employees could be a hostage, suspect, victim

Paper Photos Designating Every Room in the Building

This would enable a closer look by law enforcement into the building

Box of Glow Sticks


Cellphone With Extra Charged Battery


Able to alert searching personnel (Example: Natural disaster hits and you are barricaded in somewhere)

Laser Pointer



First Aid Kit

Five Knit Incident Vests

Labeled Team Leader, HR Leader, Logistics Leader etc. to identify incident leaders for your business

Waterproof Document Holder

All paper documents secured to ensure no water damages the documents including photos

Click Here for Business Safety Plan Workbook


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