Friday, April 30, 2010

Emergency Management

Emergency Management, in the context of risk management, refers to the discipline of dealing with and, if possible, avoiding foreseeable risks. There are three key components to Emergency Management: Mitigation, Preparedness & Response and finally Recovery.

Mitigation – The process of assessing possible risks and taking preventative actions; i.e. isolating hazardous chemicals to secure employee safety.

Preparedness & Response – The process of preparing adequate contingency plans in the event of an emergency, determining how they will be implemented and by whom; i.e. how to care for employees exposed to hazard(s).

Recovery – The process of preparing detailed plans with action points and/or corrective actions; i.e. knowing how the organization will alleviate the hazard(s), move forward with employee care, public relations, etc.