Your response to an emergency or your organization’s response should be firmly rooted in proper planning. You know that through planning you have already identified the types of hazards you face and the types of outcomes you can avoid. You or your people have trained on the issues so response is something you have practiced before. If you have not planned for this event you now face and you haven’t trained on the types of situations that could result from the event you will not be ready period. Response will be ineffective.
Response cannot be based on a “gut level” impulse. Effective response to an emergency or disaster will be an outgrowth of logical activities based upon a well throughout program. Response has three priorities: Life Safety, Incident Stabilization and Property Conservation. Your planned response is designed to take the action that helps and protects the greatest number of people. Your actions are guided to get the resources where there are needs to bring the incident under control. You will understand what actions are necessary to limit the damages that will occur from the event.
Your response will be the most scrutinized activities you undertake when bad things happen. Prevention activities are not as honored in our society as response. Sure after the fact we think about what could have been done to prevent the event. If lives are lost, watch out, your mitigation and prevention plans will be scrutinized as well. If no lives are lost your chances of coming out in the good light of fortune is based upon a good response.