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Thursday, 22 November 2007 03:31

Terrific Table-Top Tips: For a Crisis Management Exercise

Written by  Robbie Atabaigi, CBCP

Do the words “exercise” or “test” frighten you? If you are new to the industry and/or do not have much experience in this area, then fright would be a natural emotion. However, practice makes perfect. This information should serve as a helpful tool for the novice, as well as the experienced, in conducting a crisis management tabletop exercise. Before we proceed any further, you might be asking yourself, “What is a crisis management team?” The DRJ Glossary provides the following definition: “Crisis management team will consist of key executives as well as key role players (i.e. media representative, legal counsel, facilities manager, disaster recovery coordinator, etc.) and the appropriate business owners of critical organization functions.” Your organization may call this team by a different name, but in essence, it is the team of key executives and management who become the decision makers during a crisis event. This team is only activated in response