Monday, January 28, 2013

Earthquake Drill February 7

     February 7 is the 201st anniversary of the 1812 earthquake that levelled New Madrid, Missouri.
   
     The New Madrid Fault shakes parts of seven or more states from time to time and is an ever present reminder that every business and every other organization should be prepared for the inevitable disasters, including earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, and flooding, depending on where you live, work and serve.

     An estimated two-million people in the South and Midwest will take part in the Feb. 7 earthquake drill, just part of Earthquake Awareness Month.

    You can learn more at www.shakeout.org/centralus.

     Where ever you live and work, there is the possibility of some combination of natural disasters and you can develop a plan to help your business or school or not-for-profit get through it and return to normal or near normal operations.

      Every organization should have three crisis plans: (1) an operational crisis plan -- who does
what and how when the fire alarm sounds or other disaster strikes; (2) a communication plan -- who speaks for the organization, who decides what will be said and when and how; (3) and, a continuity/recovery plan that outlines how you will maintain work/service while the crisis is being managed, and how you will recover and return to the new normal once the crisis is past.

      In the best of all worlds, those three plans are integrated into one broad, flexible road map with a designated team trained and practiced with those plans.  A half-day, custom table-top exercise at least once a year is the icing on the crisis planning cake and the team at the Institute for Crisis Management can help you with most of that.

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