Be a Winner in Emergency Response

February 27, 2018

Emergency response has shot to the limelight of American news due to the catastrophic incidents that have plagued the US in the last 10 years. In 2012, there were 80 incidents of armed violence in the United States. That equates to an incident every 5 days. The question remains “What will you and your staff do for the first 2-20 minutes before law enforcement arrive if you have an incident at your organization?”

What may come as a surprise to some is that emergency response and the world of sports share similar requirements. They both require three basic things: Speed, Communication, and Practice. Yet, most organizations will not acknowledge these basic fundamentals, just as unsuccessful athletes think they can do it their own way.

Good communication during an emergency helps us coordinate, pivot and take advantage of opportunities, again just like in sports. Without excellent communication in an emergency, responders are unable to coordinate. With good coordination, responders have the ability to move people to safety, inform other first responders of the situation they will face when they arrive, and even prevent situations from arising when individuals use the safety motto, “see something, say something.”

Emergency response speed and communication require practice. Most people in organizations think that they do not have time for practice; it takes time away from their jobs. Rick Rescorla was a stickler for emergency preparedness and forced Morgan Stanley's 2,800 employees to practice emergency response drills prior to 9/11. Now he will go down in history as a true American hero as he moved all but 14 employees to safety during the collapse of the twin towers.

Not every emergency requires great speed or fantastic communication.  However, if you have not practiced being fast, or practiced emergency response communication, you face the possibility of failure when a serious or life-threatening event does happen.  If our sports teams never practiced with vigor, why would we expect them to succeed?

At CrisisGo, we look to make your organization faster at responding to an emergency using a mobile emergency response system. Let us show you how we are changing the way organizations respond to a crisis.

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Jim Spicuzza