Risk & Crisis Management
Disasters can strike randomly and unpredictably. We are all faced with the possibility of being impacted by a catastrophic event someday. Some, such as war, insurrection, and acts of terrorism, are rooted in differences of political philosophies. Others, such as criminal acts and industrial accidents, are the result of behavioral/societal problems or human error. Still others, such as earthquakes, wild fires, violent storms and resulting floods, originate from natural phenomena over which we have no control.
Catastrophic events frequently spawn conditions that may be even more insidious than the catastrophes themselves. Conditions such as serious health hazards, like polluted water and food supplies shortage and disrupted sanitation systems, may cause the spread of diseases to epidemic proportions. Civil unrest and lawlessness overwhelming the public safety system are also possible.
Any incident that causes a significant disruption to daily operations or adversely affects the safety of people should be regarded as an emergency or disaster.
A single incident, anywhere in the world, can significantly impact the reputation and profitability of a corporation.
Effective planning for emergency preparedness will lessen the vulnerability of businesses and greatly reduce impact on the community where the disaster strikes. The implementation of effective contingency measures for emergencies may substantially reduce the risk of loss of life, serious injury, and property damage. To be prepared for a wide variety of emergencies, families and businesses must have an effective response and recovery plan in place. Adequate preparation requires an emergency action plan that prevents or minimizes the loss of functions and includes a post-disaster plan that expedites recovery.
Most people are inclined to react to events as they occur rather than to try to anticipate or plan for them. This inclination is costly because many disasters, such as lightning strikes, earthquakes, wild fire, floods, and acts of terrorism, are not preceded by a warning and any inappropriate spontaneous reaction could be detrimental.
For the sake of safety for all your family, employees and property, you should never yield to the temptation to ignore contingency planning for emergencies because of "a feeling that it will not happen to me" or "it cannot happen here."
Every family and business is different. So should there emergency and crisis management programs differ. Where you live and work, how many people are working and living with you and what means or knowledge are at your disposal in the event of an emergency, are some of the crucial factors that must be considered.
Our location specific, customized Emergency Preparedness & Contingency Program (EP&CP) does so in three parts:
1. Our proprietary Emergency Vulnerability Audit (EVA) provides a location specific assessment of risk factors and level of exposure to various emergency situations such as industrial accidents, cyber-crime, civil unrest, extortion, hijackings, kidnappings, plus natural and environmental disasters.
2. Based on our findings we are able to develop a step-by-step customized Emergency Response and Recovery Plan (ER&RP) that effectively addresses the challenges that are specific to your family or business and provides the most cost effective resiliency solutions considering available resources.
3. Planning and forethought are important, but so is flexibility in execution. A static, inflexible emergency plan will almost certainly result in a lack of preparedness and a poorly executed crisis response. Our team can oversee the implementation of the emergency preparedness and contingency program (EP&CP-I) and assure that stakeholders are adequately trained and that the emergency plans adopted are not in violation of local laws.
Our team of emergency management and contingency planners is comprised of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in a variety of disciplines relevant to their specific area of responsibility. Expertise ranges from risk and threat assessment, crisis management, emergency evacuation and reunification, contingency plans development, to incident response training and practice. All of our consultants are specially trained and exclusively certified in the use of the Outcome Logic proprietary risk assessment and crisis management software (www.OutcomeLogic.com).
To request your customized Emergency Vulnerability Audit please click here.