Tornado Lessons Learned the Hard Way

In the wake of last year’s devastating tornadoes in Alabama, state and local organizations had firsthand experience with the difficulties involved in effective disaster response. Government agencies were not entirely prepared, and as a result, they learned many disaster preparedness and response lessons. Listed below are some of the key lessons learned, according to a recent article.

Realistic Training

Even though organizations drill for real disasters, nothing prepares you 100% for the real thing. Agencies can’t really know if their preparations and training are “enough” until a disaster hits and a recovery plan is a success or failure. One area of importance: Do not keep too much of your recovery supplies in one area. Spread assets around so that one single event doesn’t wipe out all of those assets in one hit.

Alternate Communications

Communication is one of the most important aspects of any recovery operation. Backup communication methods might also be necessary during a disaster. For example, what if wireless service is lost during a disaster and your company only communicates through cellphones or other mobile devices. Having a fallback communication method before disaster strikes could mean the difference between a fast recovery and being out of the loop for an extended amount of time.

Powering Equipment

Power considerations during a disaster are also crucial. Without power, gas pumps won’t work, virtually no electronic devices will work, and lighting, after dark, also becomes a problem. By having contingency plans, such as generators, in place ahead of time, companies can better facilitate a fast and easier recovery.

Medical Assistance

During and after a disaster, area hospitals will be stretched to their maximum capacity and beyond. Having a well-stocked first aid kit for minor injuries can help take the burden off these organizations, as well as provide medical solutions for those in need.

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