Preparedness is an element in a wider system designed to prepare for, respond to and recover from various types of natural and manmade emergencies such as natural disasters, acts of terrorism among other disasters.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) define PREPAREDNESS as “a continuous cycle of planning, organizing, training, equipping, exercising, evaluating, and taking corrective action in an effort to ensure effective coordination during incident response”.
For organizations, incident response should include continuity; another part of the emergency response cycle. Continuity referrers to an organizations’ ability to continue its operations and continue offering its services regardless of the damages sustained. For some industries, the ability to continue its operations may mean the difference between remaining operational or closing the business for good.
Just as planning the details for a special event, planning and preparing for a potential emergency or disaster allows organizations to manage the life cycle of a potential crisis.
Special Services Group North America uses a combination of strategic planning and strategic management concepts along with the concepts of the National Response Framework presented by FEMA and DHS, to prepare organizations to respond, manage and recover from a crisis.