The emergency planning process
Let us pick up on some of the issues highlighted by our expert who talked about the challenges of emergency planning and preparedness.
- It is essential to understand what you are trying to achieve with the process – in other words, defining the scopes of the arrangements.
- The risks faced by an organisation should be well understood – likelihood and consequences/impacts.
- There needs to be buy-in by the organisation for the arrangements and a commitment to ensuring they are implemented and maintained.
- There has to be clarity with regards to roles and responsibilities for all responders, along with clarity on the actions that can be taken.
- All plans and arrangements are only as good as the last emergency so there must be a strong process in place to review and update.
- The importance of flexibility cannot be overestimated – if plans are too prescriptive they can limit the effectiveness of the response.
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