Every day something happens somewhere that causes the emergency management to pause with thanks that it didn’t happen here. This short blog is a reminder that everyone of those events are GREAT SCENARIOS and can be used to conduct a mini training – especially while the news story is still warm. Consider the events in Egypt – what if hundreds of people started marching around City Hall or the Corporate Headquarters or the Park in the Neighborhood or the Campus ? And then the international media descended. And then there were various random incidents. And then there was looting. And then people were missing? And then VIPs showed up. All in a day or two.
What a great scenario – yes a little preposterous for most of us – but none-the-less great fodder on which to build a brief little table top exercise. One of my clients holds a mini training monthly with the key leadership. They bring in a what-if brief story-line based on something that has happened somewhere, adapt it to their situation and go through their EOP to identify their primary actions. Doesn’t take them more than an hour – hardly any time building up the scenario and keeps them fresh on how to use their EOP. They never let anyone else’s crisis go to waste. Maybe you can too.