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Disaster Planning

Disaster Planning

In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, where estimates at this writing are 10,000 people dead and hundreds of thousands of people misplaced, it is time to consider whether your organization is prepared for a significant weather disaster.
1. Disaster Plan Notebook

March 22, 2011: Disaster Planning 101

It was 9:30pm on a Thursday night when I received a text message from a friend in California, asking if I was aware that a tsunami was expected to reach Hawaii. Immediately, I turned on the news and learned that Japan had experienced a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and than a tsunami warning was in effect for the Hawaiian Islands. As usual upon learning of an impending potential weather event, I jumped in my car and drove to Safeway, stocked up on essential groceries, waited in line at the gas station to fill up my car, and went to a cash machine to withdraw emergency cash.

October 29, 2010: Is Your Organization Overdue for a Risk Assessment?

When is the last time your sports or recreation organization or facility performed a risk assessment? What is a risk assessment, you may ask (possibly embarrassed that you don’t know)? Generally, a risk assessment is a step in risk management planning in which there is a determination of the quantitative or qualitative value of risk in relation to recognized hazards. What does that really mean?

August 17, 2010: Emergency Management Planning

Disaster planning is often beyond the scope of what can be done by someone without formal training or experience. Hiring an expert who is trained in emergency management to review your safety and facility plans may be worth the price.

While you must pay for expert advice, there are an increasing number of experts to choose from. Universities are increasingly offering courses and degrees in variations of emergency management. Typical training includes planning for situations involving natural and manmade emergencies.

July 26, 2010: Fundamentals of Disaster Planning for Sports and Recreation Organizations

There are three fundamentals that your organization should keep in mind when preparing for potential disasters.

1. Plan to save human lives;
2. Plan to protect physical resources; and
3. Plan for Continuity of the sport programs and organization.

When addressing the concern for saving human lives, it is a good idea to list those persons whose lives you are seeking to protect. Sports and recreation programs generally will list athletes, participants, coaches, employees, fans, customers, clients, managers, suppliers, vendors, and any other people that might be on the premises should a disaster strike.