Plan for the Worst, Hope for the Best

Plan for the worst, but hope for the best is a motto shared among many emergency managers. And while one would think the military is in an ever-present state of preparedness when it comes to an actual emergency, that is not always the case. It takes many hours of training and retraining that allow the military to be “ready to go” at a moment’s notice. This training ensures that our nation’s protectors in wartime and peace are prepared to do their job regardless of the situation, according to a recent article by

Beyond the scope of the lonely serviceman, emergency managers with the military also keep base commanders and emergency operation center directors up to date on information crucial to the completion of the overall mission. What it boils down to is that emergency managers give those they serve, whether that is in a military or even a civilian role, the tools to do their part, especially while under pressure. Keeping the importance of readiness in the minds of those in charge does a lot toward overall emergency preparedness.

It is in times of stress that the lessons learned really hit home, as simulated events can sometimes seem real, especially when they impact our ability to do the job correctly when it needs to be done. But simulation exercises can only go so far. In the back of our minds we know it isn’t real and that no one is actually hurt or even worse, dead. But, in the absence of reality, simulation has to do.

With classroom time at a premium, training in the field, through operational readiness exercises for the military, or disaster preparedness exercises for the civilian sector, is the next best thing to having an actual event occur. That way, when the worst does happen, organizations, both military and civilian, are prepared to respond accordingly with a holistic and pro-active approach.

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