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How to Create a Disaster Plan that Accommodates the Latest Headline Crises

Written by  Vivian Marinelli & Terri Howard

Ebola, one of the latest crisis making headlines, has become a common household word these past few years. It also sent hospitals, airports, college campuses, and other public places scrambling to put together disaster plans. Today, it’s Ebola, and tomorrow it will be something else. No matter what the headline reads, the planning and preparation to handle a crisis remains the same. An organization must have a well-prepared plan in place before a crisis hits. Key elements of a well-prepared plan Disaster plans should take an “all hazards” approach that demonstrates the flexibility to respond to any disaster, whether it’s man-made, nature-based, or technological. When creating a flexible plan, key elements to include area crisis matrix (see below) that addresses how to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from hazards and risks specific to the work facility including procedures for reporting emergencies plans for shelter-in-place (stay at the work facility or quarantine