Having to handle a crisis is never a good thing. The best way to manage a crisis is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Crisis Management 1: Emergency Prevention helps you identify the most likely causes of a crisis in your community and then take the appropriate steps to prevent any potential emergencies.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, requires that every business conduct a risk assessment. Because the risks can change, Grace Hill recommends revisiting and modifying this assessment annually. Crisis Management 1: Emergency Prevention teaches you how to conduct a risk assessment to identify the risks facing your community and asses your ability to respond to or mitigate the impact of each risk.

Remember, if a hazard probability and impact are elevated, you must be fully prepared to act. In addition to learning how to prevent crises from occurring in your community, you must also learn how to mitigate the impact of disaster situations. Your risk assessment will help you understand which risks are probable and impactful, and thus where your mitigation efforts should be focused.

In addition, you’ll learn why regular maintenance of your community is essential to mitigating the impact of natural disasters. The course covers regular maintenance preventions you can take to avoid a potential crisis, such as:

  • Regularly trim and maintain any trees and landscaping
  • Regularly clear all storm drains and guttering
  • Remove snow quickly and efficiently

Not all disasters or emergencies can be prevented. However, there are steps your community can take to help avoid crises when possible, limit risks and protect residents, employees and the community. Crisis Management 1: Emergency Prevention gives you the tools to identify and prevent potential emergencies. Check out the entire Crisis Management series and other continuing education courses available through Visto here.