3 Things You Can Do for Emergency Response Planning
It is frightening to see how many organizations have either no emergency response plan or have not updated or trained in quite some time. Typically, when asked why they have not done so the response is some type of answer that alludes to not having the time, budget, or knowledge. Since preparedness is a perpetual practice and not a "one-off" task, here are three things you should do today to get the ball rolling in the right direction.
Assign a Team - pick a team or committee to head up the initiatives toward preparedness for the organization. Assign specific responsibilities so each person is clear on their mission.
Update a Risk Register - establish a list of security/emergency risks that have moderate to high probability of causing a loss (people, property, reputation) in your organization.
Pick One - analysis paralysis, being overwhelmed, is the number one cause for inaction. Pick just one of the risks in step 2 above and focus your efforts on reducing or controlling the likelihood and/or impact of the associated threats and hazards.
Don't get bogged down by trying to save the world and protecting against every threat imaginable. The most prepared organizations are those that have built their core competencies over time. Dedicate your efforts to improving one identified vulnerability and do not move to addressing another risk until your have reasonably mitigated the one you have selected. This approach automatically helps to reduce the amount of time, money, and research needed for positive improvement. A little bit of effort can go a long way over time to better protect your people and property.
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by Tom Freedman, PSP security consultant/risk mitigation specialist