Disaster Preparation and Training Have Something in Common

Disaster preparation and training often suffer from the same unfortunate flaw. You’re supposed to have them in place and ready to go for when they’re needed. That means they should be planned for in advance, not at the last minute. But how many people or organizations actually do that?

Stay away from windows if there’s a tornado. In case of a building fire, keep low to avoid smoke. Seek high ground during a flood.

Throw a PowerPoint together; it’ll be better than nothing. Hurry, find a contractor! We’ll make instructions for this later.

It’s common for stores to run out of emergency supplies right before a hurricane. Many people wait until the last minute to stock up and then they panic when there are shortages. That same panic kicks in when there’s a new product on the way, a new software program rolling out, etc. and the project team suddenly realizes that it’s almost ready but no one is going to have a clue how it works.

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