In light of the recent natural disasters that have caused destruction for so many across the globe – impacting individuals and families, homes, businesses and communities, we wanted to take the time to talk about why disaster preparedness is so important and how to execute it effectively for your organization.
Disasters don’t plan ahead – but you can!
Disasters don’t plan ahead. They rarely give warning, and when they hit, they hit hard. So even though you are sometimes left with no warning and a whole lot of fear, you do have a certain amount within your control. To an extent, you can plan ahead. You can, and you should. Having a contingency plan and getting everyone in your organization on the same page well before even the whispers of an impending disaster start stirring, allows you to handle the unexpected when it arises without losing everything.
Why preparedness matters
We’ve talked about this so many times. It matters because the impact can be huge and devastating. It matters because it can save you heartbreak, tears, and severe loss – but physically and financially. It’s worth also noting that preparedness matters because it enables you to be an asset to your community in the wake of disaster.
Having a plan in place and executing it quickly after disaster strikes means you are back on your feet more quickly, and with that, are able to help your neighbors out, too.
Where incident management comes into play
There’s so much that goes into proper preparation, and when it comes to business, there’s a lot that needs managing when things go wrong. An incident management system (IMS) helps ensure nothing is lost in the fallout. Not only does a quality IMS keep your important files backed up and encrypted, it also serves as a hub for communication for key stakeholders and all employees. As soon as any sort of disaster hits, an IMS enables you to hit “go” on an instant communication plan and get the ball rolling on all the practiced pieces of your business continuity plan – assigning tasks and checklists and providing communications to your company employees. This helps get your organization back on its feet quickly and makes sure everyone is safe and in the loop as things unfold.
This year’s National Preparedness Month featured a number of resources on how to keep your family, home, and businesses safe, how to help in the community, the finer points of building and practicing a plan and getting involved to be part of a larger solution. These are all important parts of the preparedness puzzle, but they are also hallmarks of being part of a resilient community. If this hurricane season has taught us one thing, it’s that resiliency and community will always prevail.
To learn more about how incident management can play a part in your organization’s disaster preparedness, schedule a demo today.
MissionMode is the trusted leader in providing organizations with an effective and reliable emergency notification and incident management system specifically designed to handle your needs from end to end. Our Situation Center Suite acts as a virtual command center in times of crisis, helping your organization stay on track through both emergencies or more routine operations by enabling your team to effectively communicate and project manage incidents from onset to resolution. The MissionMode Notification Center allows our clients to send two-way multimodal notifications to employees during times of crisis.
From incident management to mass notification to interactive field communications, mobile control, integrated weather planning and more, MissionMode’s team of seasoned and certified emergency managers and business continuity practitioners are dedicated to being an intuitive and easy to use partner in your incident management and mass communication needs.