Prepare for Contingencies © Martyn Carruthers
This is not a drill …
Emergency preparedness, contingency planning, crisis management and disaster control are arts that reflect clusters of sciences and demand a huge number of skills. Well designed emergency training and well exercised contingency plans save lives and reduce property damage. Poor preparation and training can worsen the consequences of a crisis and perhaps endanger lives.
Trained disaster workers can reduce a major crisis to a relatively minor event, and can reduce the time needed to return an emergency situation to normal. Ideal emergency workers are not only well trained but experienced; having discussed, practiced and exercised many accident and incident scenarios.
They are fluent in the local language and empathic about the local culture. They understand local values and honor local traditions. They are respected by community leaders and trusted by emergency authorities. They are emotionally mature and can support unstable people. They can be innovative leaders, loyal team-workers and obedient followers as the changing circumstances require.
Professional emergency workers are often trained by military or paramilitary organizations. Military personnel, police officers, firefighters and paramedics are often very well trained and experienced in crisis situations. They accept a military-like chain of command and can lead as well as follow.
Emergencies are hard places. Untrained disaster workers often have high ideals and minimal experience. In their haste to help, they create more problems than they solve. They may disobey orders and worsen problems. Their contribution may be worth less than their transport, accommodation, supervision and food. Their lack of appropriate training may require more resources than they provide!
Untrained people in disaster areas not only risk harm – they waste essential resources. Untrained workers often get burned out … or kicked out.
Emergency Preparedness Training
Our emergency preparedness coaching can be customized for an organization’s unique needs.
We teach emergency preparedness and refugee management courses in three-day segments.
Plans & Operations
Disasters take many shapes. Some are natural – and others manmade. Some are predictable and others are shockingly unexpected. Some may kill thousands of people. A crisis can take many shapes, and each type of crisis requires a set of reactions by emergency workers. Emergency planning cannot anticipate every scenario, but it can get emergency workers and resources together quickly.
Preparing for Disaster
You’re an emergency worker! You are eager to help others while developing your skills and abilities! You are trained in first aid and CPR. You are fit. What skills can you develop that will assist you greatly – even if you never step into a real crisis situation – what skills are invaluable in any crisis?
It’s up to you. You have been instructed to lead a group of refugees to a safe location. Or maybe you are with a group of evacuees and it’s time to go home. You may believe that you know what is best for them. Some are older than you and some much younger. Some may be in shock and some may be injured. Children may be crying and screaming … and some people will not understand you at all…
Emergency work is teamwork. Independent heroes only look good in movies. Emergency workers violating chain of command are worse than useless. During team training, we coach team members to work together effectively. Team training can include forming new teams, resolving conflicts, improving existing teams and training team leaders. We also assist teams to disband with minimum stress.
Martyn Carruthers was a paramedic (Royal Navy) and served on nuclear submarines during the Cold War. He was a health physics and safety officer at nuclear power stations, and Radiation Protection Officer for the Canadian government, where he worked with industry, public health and emergency measures organizations. Martyn Carruthers founded Systemic Solutions, a complete system of professional coaching and training.
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