The increasing frequency in devastating natural disasters such as hurricanes Michael, Maria, and Harvey; coupled with emerging threats such as cyber warfare hitting all levels of companies and government, the public and private sector is leaving more people vulnerable to their effects, especially businesses. Businesses, large and small, must create a disaster preparedness plan to mitigate these risks and prepare for the possibility of an emergency. There are many ways to prepare for a natural disaster. An easy way to prepare for a natural disaster is to have emergency management, business continuity and IT disaster recovery plans in place.
Disaster management is the identification of all potential risk, internal and external, and the organization of resources and responsibilities for dealing with all identifiable threats to lessen the impact.
The goal of disaster management, in particular, is preparedness, response, and recovery to effectively respond to threats such as natural disasters or data breaches and protect the business interests of the organization. Disaster management integrates the disciplines of disaster recovery, crisis management, incident management, emergency response, and contingency planning.
Our Business Continuity, Emergency Management & Risk Management Consultants can help you develop training and awareness suitable and flexible to your organizational needs.
Emergency Management plans should be tested frequently, much in the same way employees are asked to participate in fire drills for their personal safety and regular medical checkups for their health. It comes down to having a workable plan that employees can successfully act upon in times of emergency. Planning is priceless because you never know when you would need to activate your emergency preparedness plan.
A tabletop exercise will help familiarize the organization with the procedures in the occurrence that an emergency does happen. However, a discussion can only do so much to prepare your team, and a more hands-on approach should be taken. Full-scale exercises are the best preparedness techniques a company can use to test high-risk emergency scenarios. Depending on the size of your business, these should be conducted once a year.
If you are required by OSHA, HPP, EM03.01.03, NFPA 5.14 or any other regulatory agency to test your Emergency Management Plan, we can help.