With a few simple steps and checks, you can verify if your organization is ready to deal with the unthinkable. Remember, all of the below have to be guaranteed 24/7/365.
|1||Does your complete Crisis Management Team have access to the designated and well-equipped crisis management room?||Yes / No|
|2||When there is an emergency, can you easily get your team assembled within the hour?||Yes / No|
|3||Our crisis management meetings last longer than 15 minutes||Yes / No|
|4||When we face casualties in our organization, our HR department is fully prepared to support the relatives of the affected persons||Yes / No|
|5||Our last crisis management exercise was less than 6 months ago and thoroughly evaluated internally||Yes / No|
|6||When faced with a crisis, we have an up to date inventory of all affected stakeholders ready and we know who’s going to communicate with them||Yes / No|
|7||If the crisis lasts long outside office hours, we have a team member call in some pizza’s3||Yes / No|
|8||If a new team member is called into the crisis room, he/she can immediately see what the most pressing issues are at the moment||Yes / No|
|9||There is a layer of dust on the folder that contains our emergency plans||Yes / No|
|10||If a journalist asks you some questions about the current emergency, you have in mind exactly what message you want to convey||Yes / No|
|11||If I ask my colleague, he/she knows exactly what my role and responsibilities are during an emergency||Yes / No|
 If you answered “yes”, you do not have a functional meeting structure
 If you answered “yes”: Good job! Consider having your exercises evaluated by a professional. He will see things you have not.
If you feel that some of your answers to the above questions were not satisfactory, no need to despair. With a little bit of help, you can make your organization quite ready for the unthinkable. Contact us so we can exchange ideas. Please send an email to Bas Poelmann – firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you want to have more checks on your preparedness for a crisis, you can view the complete ‘Am I ready’ checklist.
Key: The most positive outcome would be if you have filled in the following answers:
1=Y, 2=Y, 3=N, 4=Y, 5=Y, 6=Y, 7=Y, 8=Y, 9=N, 10=Y, 11=Y