A Plan Made of Straw and Sticks

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A common bedtime story and iconic American Literature piece is the tale of the Three Little Pigs. The tale featured three pigs that were faced with the job of constructing homes. One pig built a home of straw, the second utilized sticks, and the third chose brick. You know the story. Ultimately, the lone house that survived the Big Bad Wolf was the home built of brick. The third pig spent time constructing the brick house, and it was designed and built to withstand all vulnerabilities.Professionals Services Solutions vertical Banner

You may be thinking, ‘What does this have to do with crisis management?’

A Plan Made of Straw and Sticks

The world is complex, therefore the issues we face are multi-faceted and cannot be addressed in a singular way. Building a crisis management plan takes time and effort. A solid, sturdy plan cannot be constructed in a day’s time utilizing limited resources. A plan must encompass all aspects of potential threats and go beyond planning for singular incident.

Although active shooter preparedness is on the forefront of everyone’s minds due to recent events, businesses and schools must identify all threats and vulnerabilities. Active shooter training is important, but it should not be the sole focus of preparedness. Dismissing potential threats leaves gaps and holes in a plan, like gaps in a straw-built wall.

A Plan Made of Brick

In addition to identifying all vulnerabilities and risks, an organization must build a comprehensive plan. A plan cannot focus on ONE aspect i.e. – security forces (vehicles, police, swat, metal detectors). A robust plan incorporates crisis preventative measures, training, and response protocols.

Including disaster denial, another crutch to preparedness is SOMETHING i.e. – organizations have something in place. Most organizations believe they have everything covered, when in all actuality they’re missing huge pieces of their crisis plan.

Reach Out to Us

We understand your specialty may not be in crisis planning and preparedness. That’s OK, because that is our expertise. Our priority is assisting you and your organization to become resilient and prepared in all aspects. That’s why we’ve created a team filled with experts in the security, crisis and risk, planning, predictive intelligence, and cyber security fields. You don’t have to be the expert, but you do have the duty to protect your people.

Do you want your employees, students, staff or family protected by a plan built of straw or sticks? Or would you feel more protected by brick, by a solid foundation? Let’s discuss. If you are planning on attending any of the following conferences, visit us and we’ll review your key concerns or call us at (800) 321-2219.

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