Just last week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Ed McCrane, Emergency Management Chief of the Sarasota EOC. Not only does he live and breathe disaster preparedness, he is also a local leader who cares about Sarasota’s economy and businesses – and the people within those businesses. A US Army career veteran of 22 years, his has worked in combat Operations “Just Cause” in Panama, and played an instrumental role following the 9/11 terrorist attacks – when he trained the Florida Army National Guard soldiers to secure Florida’s airports, seaports and nuclear power facilities. On top of that – he has responded to numerous natural disasters and several hurricanes including: Hurricane Charley, Frances, Ivan, Jeanne, Dennis, Katrina and Rita.
In the video below, Ed explains that there are 4 Key Phases that are activated when a disaster takes place – some of these phases are actually ongoing “planning” phases that business owners and company executives always need to be thinking about.
Watch the video below to learn more about the 4 Key Phases:
As a brief recap, the 4 Key Phases of Disaster Preparedness include:
- Preparedness: Preparedness is an ongoing cycle of planning to protect and prepare an organization’s resources, employees, data, technology and procedures for a natural disaster.
- Response: This phase is activated when a disaster takes place. This will generally include a wave of emergency services (firefighters, police, and ambulance). A strong disaster preparedness plan enables efficient coordination of rescue.
- Recovery: The recovery phase starts after the disaster/threat to life has subsided. The aim of the recovery phase is to restore the affected area to its previous state. This phase involves recovering data, communicating with employees, repairs,
- Mitigation: The Mitigation phase involves learning from disaster and how to improve processes for the next time around. This can also include learning from others experiences with disasters – such as Katrina, Ike, etc.
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