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Many employees unsure what to do in an emergency

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Almost all workers—94%—say they feel safe at work, but 23% aren’t sure they would know what to do if they faced a physically dangerous emergency. That’s what the Harris Poll found this spring when it surveyed more than 3,000 workers from a cross-section of industries.

When asked about their feelings of security regarding specific threats, 30% said they do not feel their workplace is well-protected against a physical threat from another person. The same feel said their workplace is not well-protected against a digital hacking threat.

Most workers (85%) feel their workplace is well-protected in case of a fire, flood or other disaster, and 83% feel protected from weather-related threats.

However, this confidence may just be whistling in the dark. Many employees doubt that their employers have concrete plans to deal with a variety of emergency situations.

Emergency planning: What workers worry about

My employer lacks an emergency plan in case of …

Physical attack   40%

Technology security breach  40%

Severe weather  26%

Fire  21%

Flood  21%

Source: Harris Poll, June 2015

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