Managing Any Crisis
Managing Any Crisis
While you can't know what will happen, you can know how to respond.

The planning modules in this article provide practical assistance for creating emergency response plans. Work through one module at a time and complete each action step. Some modules incorporate checklists to be completed if and when the crisis occurs. Once you have completed working through each module, the foundation will be in place for a broad-based crisis management strategy.

When complete, your crisis management plan should be in writing. It should be streamlined and easy to follow. It does not need to be lengthy. Often, the use of a flowchart format to identify tasks and steps that can be easily followed is the best approach. Lastly, those responsible for carrying out the plan should receive training on an annual basis.

1. Identifying Areas Of Vulnerability

You need only to plan for those natural disasters that impact your region. On the other hand, crises other than natural disasters can strike any church. As a result, a plan is needed for each crisis in this second category.

Natural Disasters

Key point. Check with your local chapter of the Red Cross to identify the natural disasters that could strike in your area.

Place a check next to each natural disaster that could impact your church or school:

Hurricane/Typhoon

Tornado

Earthquake

Flood

Mudslide/Landslide

Volcano

Other__________

Each natural disaster requires completing work on all of the planning modules.

Other Crises

While planning for a fire requires the use of all of the planning modules, the remaining crises vary in which modules they use.

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