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Reasons For Readiness
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  Are you over reacting because you want to be prepared for a crisis or disaster? Some may think so. Why not take the time to examine some valid reasons for thinking ahead and being ready for a crisis. What preparation means and what to avoid.


 Planning Guidelines

  • Quick

  • Effective

  • Simple

Quick: Physical escape is often the most effective method of dealing with physical disasters, those effecting property, life and limb, whether we have been alerted to the danger or not . Examples are a hurricane, tornado or other weather event, fire, a chemical leak, terrorist attack or hostage crisis, the list could go on. The speed with which we can effectively activate any plan and execute it may be the key to escaping danger altogether or limiting it's scope. Speed of activation and effective execution especially come into play when our plan includes changing locations or operating within a group setting.

Effective: The plan accomplishes it's intended purpose with the least effort possible. For Example, The intended purpose of a fire escape plan is to get the occupants of our high rise building, previously discussed, out of the building to safety. The elevators may be the quickest way to get to the street but, during a fire they may be locked on another floor, or totally inoperable. Waiting for a locked elevator or one that isn't working may be a big mistake. While the elevator may be the quickest and easiest way to travel in the building, in these circumstances it isn't effective, in fact it could be dangerous. While the stairs take longer and require more effort they always work and are made of fire proof materials and have fire proof doors to limit smoke and heat in the shaft (if they are kept closed). So the stairs are the most effective plan for exiting during a fire. The most effective method of returning home from our workplace may be public transportation. If public transportation suddenly becomes unavailable then the most effective method may become a private cab, hitching a ride with a friend, or even walking to a alternate location such as a friends home or a shelter to reach safety. While walking may be much slower and more effort, with a little planning with proper footwear and some light food and water, it may become a very effective means of transportation in a large disaster, even traversing terrain that cannot be driven over.

Simple: Simplicity seldom fails as long as a plan is effective. Simplicity limits the opportunities for misunderstanding, miscommunication and wasted effort. It allows for the removal of variables that could cause a plan to fail completely although it may have been developed in great detail. The principle is called "KISS" basically meaning "Keep It Simple" Simple strait forward plans often limit problems and create an effective plan.

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