Emergency management is the organization and management of the resources and responsibilities for dealing with all aspects of emergencies (preparedness, response, mitigation, and recovery). The aim is to reduce the harmful effects of all hazards, including disasters, on your organization.
While response, mitigation and recovery from emergencies are necessary once an emergency happens, preparedness is a solution that can be taken now to ensure that your organization is ready in the event an emergency occurs. Effective and thorough preparedness, planning, and mitigation strategies can help ease the strain on your organization when an emergency does occur. Without such preparedness, your organization could be left exposed to risks and much greater timely responses and costs than for a prepared organization.
Preparedness is the planning phase that involves the preparation of proper procedures for emergency management and ensuring the availability of adequate emergency protocols for use in case of a disaster. When your organization faces complex internal or external risks, this initial emergency management step is of the utmost importance so that you can be effectively prepared for the mitigation or response to any threats, disasters, or emergencies. To ensure your organization continues its important mission during any type of natural, manmade, or technological event, GEM provides experts who understand the critical steps to developing successful Continuity of Operations (COOP) plans, Business Continuity Plans (BCP), Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) planning, and other solutions for all phases of emergency preparedness.
Following the important step of preparedness planning, GEM can assist your organization to establish the processes, procedures, and implementation of the preparedness strategies to respond to and mitigate any risks and the effects of any such incidents. This may include, for example, the design, development, and implementation of Emergency Operation Centers (EOCs), Occupant Emergency Evacuation Plans (OEPs), and off-site relocation and continuity strategies, plans, and Standard Operating Procedures.