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The Savvy Professional’s Checklist for Handling Crisis Situations

The Savvy Professional’s Checklist for Handling Crisis Situations
What are you passionate about? What do you live for?
 
This is a powerful question. And What I Live For is the theme for this year’s National Safety Month. Each June, the National Safety Council (NSC) encourages organizations to participate in its annual observance to educate and influence behaviors around leading causes of preventable injuries and deaths. 
 
The What I Live For theme concentrates on the behaviors and beliefs that each individual is passionate about. By focusing us on the passions and experiences that we’d like to fulfill in our lives, the NSC hopes to promote extra caution and safety from each of us.
 
For my part, I am passionate about helping people save lives. That’s why I’m a professional trainer in many different emergency response areas, including National Safety Council, American Red Cross, and American Safety and Health Institute First Aid/CPR and AED courses.
 
I also certify professionals like you to teach CPI’s Prepare Training® family of courses. I’m passionately convinced that all CPI training programs help save lives throughout the world—often by preventing many types of workplace problems, including violence. (I’ve also seen firsthand the impact CPI training has when devastating events do occur.)
 
So what does all this mean for you?
 
I’d like to share with you our Crisis Response Planning Checklist [PDF] to assist you and your organization in designing clear and simple crisis response procedures.
 
It’s important to plan well in advance for any crisis that might arise. As defined by our program, a crisis involves a situation or event that’s experienced or perceived as an intolerable difficulty that may exceed typically available resources, personnel, procedures, and coping mechanisms.
 
Many types of crisis situations can occur in the workplace. These range from medical-, legal-, financial-, and weather-related emergencies to substance abuse problems, mental health emergencies, hazardous materials spills, equipment failure, property impairment, vehicle accidents, and even extremely irrational internal or external customers.
 
Your crisis response plans should provide direction to all involved stakeholders during and after any type of crisis event. Plans should include procedures for rapidly identifying potentially harmful situations and the methods for responding to situations quickly and efficiently. During emergency situations, simple and clear guidelines for directing our decisions and actions work best.
 
I hope this resource is helpful to your organization in preparing for emergencies, and helpful to you in protecting your passions.
 
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