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Between the Slides

PROGRESS: Vital Importance of Contingency Planning

October 16, 2019

Another way to be prepared is to think negatively. Yes, I'm a great optimist. but, when trying to make a decision, I often think of the worst case scenario. I call it 'the eaten by wolves factor.' If I do something, what's the most terrible thing that could happen? Would I be eaten by wolves? One thing that makes it possible to be an optimist, is if you have a contingency plan for when all hell breaks loose. There are a lot of things I don't worry about, because I have a plan in place if they do.” ― Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

Professor Pausch's words reflect the mindset every special event planning, particularly Public Safety and Incident Management Team (IMT) professionals should embrace.  If you or your team are not thinking, "...and then what?" and working a contingency planning process then you are putting your people at risk.  In this episode I share a way to reduce that rusk and better coordinate the contingency planning process.

Between the Slides "5" Considerations:

  • Work contingency scenarios like tactics meetings

  • Always be thinking, "...and then what?"

  • Know the key elements of each scenario's plan

  • Avoid a rush to the scene by the "white wave"

  • Personnel Accountability Report (PAR) check, PAR check, PAR check your people

Key Time Stamps:

  • 00:02:43 - The "...and then what?" mindset

  • 00:08:04 - Share your job knowledge two levels up and two levels down

  • 00:17:14 - It's you, your partners and then the pubic

  • 00:26:19 - It's never gonna work like the checklist or the book

  • 00:32:47 - Recurring theme, the PAR check

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Thank you all for listening and Godspeed,


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