Article 8 Tips to Survive Any Crisis has some great ideas I would like to build on for Outdoor RecreationPosted: April 29, 2015
Crisis means after the initial bleeding/weather/disaster has ended, and you are starting to evaluate.
The 8 points the article speaks to are:
· Stop, look, and listen.
· Who, what, when, where, and how.
· Gather your team.
· Communication is key.
· Take care of yourself.
· Seek advice from mentors and trusted colleagues.
· Conduct a post-crisis debriefing.
· Develop a crisis plan.
Each one has an explanation for a business setting. I’ve modified it a bit for the outdoor recreation world.
• Develop a crisis plan for each employee: If it is larger than a 3×5 card, you have too much information to memorize. You won’t have time to research a book or try to remember a novel in a crisis. What have you got, who you can call, how do you call. That is about it.
Your entire crisis plan for an organization should be a stack of 3×5 cards. Each card should relate to the supervisor above that employee. Your overall plan should be a simple hierarchy of information.
• Take care of yourself: If you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of others. If you become a liability, you increase the risk to others. Take care of yourself first and then move on to anyone else who needs help.
• Stop, look, and listen: Are you in immediate danger? Do you need to move?
• Where, How, and When: Where are you and how far away is safety, rescue or additional help? How are you going to get to a safe place and then back to civilization? How long is it going to take and when are you going to make it.
• Gather and Evaluate your team: Who can help, who needs help, who can you rely upon and who do you need to watch. Who is a liability and who are assets.
• Communication is the key: Let everyone know what you have determined. Let everyone know what they roles are in the situation. Let everyone know to be prepared.
• Trust yourself: If you have to get associates or guides with you get input but taking in too many voices can create problems rather than solve them. You are the Trip Leader or Guide for a reason. Your experience, rely on it and your training.
• Conduct a post-crisis debriefing: Beer. Don’t be afraid when you are safe and at home to relax. If you or any member of the team needs to, have them participate in a Critical Incident Stress Debriefing program. However, celebrate your victory.
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