Disaster management according to most experienced emergency and disaster responders is a complex system of preparation. As most people would say, “how would you be able to prepare your self for something that you do not know?” Complicated as it may sound but effective disaster management planning actually takes seventy five percent of common sense and, a surprising, twenty five percent premonition. More often than not, disaster management fails because the emergency team has left out that petty but important 25% of premonition.
In reality, two things might come in an emergency. It is either an emergency that is being prepared for strategically, or something that is never been seen but is potentially risky. Identifying both is an important aspect of disaster management. The emergency team of an organization, school or church may design a plan that targets likely hazards or may opt for a cover – it – all disaster management plan that addresses most typical emergency situations. It is an option that is seen by many as the more flexible and more cost effective as far as disaster management efficiency is concerned.
This form or approach of disaster management is actually called “all – risks” or “all - hazards”. The other type of disaster management is commonly referred to as “agent specific”. Choosing wisely between the two is crucial. Even though all – risk disaster management planning is more cost effective, in some cases, agent specific plans can be more suitable. Here are easy to swallow hints on how you can effectively implement your disaster management plan without having to spend more and minimize the possible damages of a disaster.
In regions, where emergency considerations are more concentrated on weather conditions and geographical threats, the agent specific type of disaster management plan is more useful. In Canada, where floods, wild fires and earthquakes are more likely to happen, emergency plans are greatly focused on these areas. Even human-caused incidents such as home invasion, terrorism and robbery are also considered in agent specific planning.
The all – risk disaster management plan is best suited for organizations based in generic demography. It is too risky to consider only a few emergency situations. This is especially true in most big cities like New York. Every possible risk must be given proper attention. And although it might sound too complex, this decision will actually benefit the organization by having minimal expenditures. But efficiency may only be achieved if plans are properly implemented, so make sure that your disaster management team is well oriented. So decide now, all risk or agent specific?