Crisis Management Plan

How to Plan for Home Emergencies

CRISIS MANAGEMENT PLAN - you should have one

Because the word crisis has so many depths, the definition was hunted down, and for an all round explanation the one from Dictionary.com seemed the most appropriate. Any of these, and without a person even realizing it, could require a crisis management plan.

“Crisis – definition: (dictionary.com) “a stage in a sequence of events at which the trend of all future events, esp. for better or for worse, is determined; turning point a condition of instability or danger, as in social, economic, political, or international affairs, leading to a decisive change a dramatic emotional or circumstantial upheaval in a person's life the point in the course of a serious disease at which a decisive change occurs, leading either to recovery or to death the point in a play or story at which hostile elements are most tensely opposed to each other. “

A crisis, whether within an organization or personal trauma can be life changing. For the most part a crisis in any situation will interfere with the smooth continuation of personal life or efficient running of an organization. This can apply to natural disasters as well as internal conflicts and mismanagement of organizations. The hardest part about preparing a crisis management plan is not knowing what kind of crisis you should be planning for.

A natural disaster for example doesn’t prepare anyone for the crisis that could follow the event. But a crisis management plan in the general sense could allow for such things as tornados, hurricanes or other inclement conditions. With an organizational crisis for instance, it could be caused from a breakdown in business communication causing disruption of production, resulting from miscalculation or intentional misleading sales forecasting. In addition, exposure of fraud or other misdemeanours within a large organization could cause a company breakdown. In such circumstances, it could be difficult to plan for in advance, because speaking generally it isn’t an everyday occurrence.

Certain personal critical events could have been planned for quite unconsciously. When you signed that insurance policy against floods for example, or the extra health insurance you bought to cover events you thought would never happen. On these occasions, a crisis management plan was already in place by way of the availability of emergency funds.

The majority of people don’t think in terms of crisis, or needing a management plan in the event of one. Typically, the biggest issue in any crisis is funding, all disasters cause damage, which in turn can create financial uprising. The bottom line is, endless funds and a good crisis management plan will almost assure relief from a critical situation.

A business or organizational management plan must be very in depth and detailed. It must have the ability to resurrect that which has been literally blown to pieces. A crisis management plan is essential in the inclusion of policies and procedures within an organization. If, on the other hand, the crisis arises in the home, it is important a plan be launched for alternative and progressive action and everyone in the family understand what they are to do if the situation occurs.