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How to create an emergency plan

video outlining the stages of developing an emergency plan.

Find out how to create an effective emergency plan.

In this video, Michael Gilbert talks you through the stages involved in creating an effective emergency plan.

These include:

  • Carrying out a risk assessment;
  • Setting the scope and objectives;
  • Defining the key elements of the plan including roles and responsibilities; and
  • Implementing the plan.

As we have discussed, all emergency plans are unique in that they are specific to the organisation and the threats it faces.

All plans should be flexible, as it is not possible to fully define all scenarios. Expect the unexpected.

Emergency plans should give the responders the necessary direction, guidance and support but also an appropriate degree of freedom of operation.

Your task

What information would you need from an organisation to carry out these stages?


Cabinet Office (2011) ‘Chapter 5 Emergency Planning revision to Emergency Preparedness’ [online] available from attachment_data/file/61028/Emergency_Preparedness_chapter5_amends_21112011.pdf [11 May 2018]

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