The Art of Being Prepared
A recent Washington Post article outlined how unprepared hospitals and personnel felt about dealing with possible Ebola cases, despite repeated guidance from the CDC and other health agencies. The primary issue is not that guidelines don’t exist – they do. The primary issue is that health care facilities have not exercised the guidelines and become confident in using them.
Your organization is unlikely to have to deal with Ebola, but you may have to deal with issues that can threaten the life of your organization. Have you identified potential risks to your organization and developed plans to reduce or eliminate them? Have you developed plans to recover from an organizational-threatening disaster?
As hospitals have discovered, even with a plan, a disaster can happen if employees aren’t aware of the plan and have exercised it. Exercising the plan – even performing a quick tabletop exercise – will uncover issues that haven’t been full thought out or processes that aren’t fully understood. This leads to improvements in the plan and makes staff confident it will work when the time comes. Think about, develop, and exercise a plan before a disaster strikes so that you and your team can confidently handle it.
Weidenhammer Consulting Group helps organizations identify critical risks and develop Business Continuity Plans to reduce and overcome these risks. We facilitate exercises that make staff confident about their plans and their ability to respond. Contact Rick Sutton, Senior Business Consultant, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.