So what exactly are the crises we are talking about? Its when something goes wrong that could impact your personal life safety. These are the crises which affect our organization, our people and those around us, and most likely the places where we work. We may not be able to avoid the crisis, but we always want to be able to get through it safely. The crisis action plan is just that – a plan for you to prepare for, respond to and recover from any type of disaster, with personal life safety as the top priority.
Every organization needs a Crisis Action Plan. What to do, where to go and what happens next – regardless of the crisis, emergency or disaster which may occur. When building your Crisis Action Plan (or Emergency Action Plan), we recommend it be made as part of an overall set of emergency plans, which also include […]
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Use this checklist to organize the elements you need to develop your own Crisis Action Plan for your team, division, or even entire organization. There are specific sections of the plan which are unique to each physical location (for example where to evacuate to, outside of the building itself) and there are other elements which […]
Organizations never get a “heads up” that someone is planning on sabotaging their work (i.e., products/processes) when then spread rumors or innuendo (or just plain lies). Fictitious Disasters are more like “No-Notice” events than “Notice” ones. Organizations need to always be on their guard against these threats – and remain vigilant. This exercise is much like a race (your organization’s facts and communications have to defeat the rumors and falsehoods) in that there are actions to do even before getting to the starting line. In this exercise, consider the race to have started and the rumors/falsehoods already have a head start.
Validate your Crisis Communications Team Plan (and the Planning, Organization, Equipment, and Training) through this Table Top Exercise. This TTX is designed to follow the one or both of the previous ones in the series (Winter Storm and/or Tornado), but can be used first, for example when the Crisis Communications Team is already established and using an existing set of plans.
Here’s one way to build your Organization’s Crisis Communications Team Plan (and also start your Crisis Communications Plan itself – to boot!): Get your Management Team’s buy-in and support first. There will be costs to developing and maintaining both the team and the communications messages themselves. Organize the preliminary members of your Crisis Communications Team […]
If a small airplane were to crash into your office building- would your crisis communications team know what they need to do? What if things got even worse?
Also known as Emergency Assembly Points, Evacuation Assembly Areas, Emergency Assembly Station, etc. These are the designated areas (or area) outside of a work facility where people should go, if the building needs to be evacuated. Check in with first-responders or members of your Crisis Action Team. Do not go back into the building until […]
We prefer the term “safer” rather than “safe” – a Safer Room (TM) in an office (or perhaps even a home or other business) is one where people can go to during a shelter-in-place event or incident and they will be safer than they would be at their normal work location. Safer Rooms should have […]