Surviving emergencies and disasters is not difficult. Well, more correctly stated – Learning how to survive emergencies and disasters is not difficult. Here are the steps: 1) Prepare, 2) Respond, 3) Recover. Simple right? It is easy if you know how to perform each step; and that is exactly what this series of posts is going to talk about – Surviving Any Disaster!
Failure to understand the most basic principles of emergencies preparedness can be fatal. Prepare, respond and recover…are the basics. Knowing what makes up each of those basic steps is the key. Within the “prepare” phase you must understand priority setting, threat assessment and risk mitigation.
I will share that knowledge and much more in the “Prepare” post coming in the next day or two. What a better place to start a discussion on preparedness…the basics. No, I don’t think you need schooling and I don’t want to imply that you don’t know anything at all; I just think it is a good idea to build a solid foundation of knowledge.
The “basics” lays that foundation. As I mentioned earlier, the three basic phases of emergency preparedness are: prepare, respond, and recover. Each fails when it stands alone. When each phase is executed properly in combination with the others, failure is virtually impossible. That remains true when execution is even marginally successful.
The goal is to accomplish each phase with as much proficiency and skill as possible. To approach a proficient level of execution a solid understanding of each phase of emergency preparedness is a must. But it is not complicated as we will find out as we delve into the subject.
Prepare Phase: Consists of priority setting, risk assessment, preparation plan creation, and executing the preparedness plan.
Response Phase: Consists of situational awareness, decisions, and action.
Recovery Phase: Consists of situational awareness, a restoration plan, and then executing that plan.
I hope this doesn’t sound overly simplified to you, or overly complicated. However, it is a process. Now, let there be no misunderstanding, carrying out each phase may be, or at least might seem, daunting. But I remember learning back in military school that you eat an elephant one bite at a time not the whole thing at once. Look for the next post in this series…SURVIVING ANY DISASTER: Part 2 – L.I.P.S. (Priority Setting)
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