Pre-Plan for Disaster

Posted: April 8, 2013 in Weekly Blog Posts

Communication and pre-planning are perhaps the two most important keys to mitigating natural disasters such as tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, etc. This major tornado in Henryville, Indiana in March 2012 displayed why it is so vital. 

The tornado required contributions from all mediums of communications. Certainly, the local  television and radio networks offered advanced watches and warnings of a major tornado event. Without this pre-planning, the death toll would have been much higher. Following the storm, however, is when the real pre-planning for disaster took effect. 

The Indiana State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) immediately took action and dispatched respective task forces from around the state. The Indiana Task Force 7 was dispatched only a few days following the event.

The state EOC was designed to mitigate natural disasters in the state and provide for structured communications and emergency response. The EOC called upon Task Force 7 to provide incident command and to coordinate logistical, finance, and planning portions of the disaster. Keep in mind, most of the incident commanders were training prior to the incident so it was easy to implement procedures already rehearsed. 

It cannot be understated how important the crisis communication plan was for the successful coordination and mitigation of the Henryville, IN tornado. The leaders and authorities on the front lines provided the needed leadership and guidance to lead the way. All organizations and agencies with the possibility for disaster (all of them) should take not. 

I may be off my rocker, but I doubt it. 

Thanks for reading, 

Levi. 

 

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Comments
  1. Great blog; it even reminds me off all the grade school tornado drills we did in the past. I always thought they were a waste of time but clearly they were just crises preplans intended to save lives.

    • kolone4 says:

      Great blog Levi! This spoke truth and I can definitely relate to it because Henryville High School was where I graduated. It is all about pre-planning, even for events that we think could never happen. It is amazing that the school officials decided to release the students 20 minutes early on the buses…if they wouldn’t have done that, the kids would have been sitting on the school buses loading up exactly when the tornado hit…

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