Crisis Communications Planning Checklist

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Our crisis communications checklist highlights some recommendations for developing and executing a robust communications strategy in the face of any disaster.

During an emergency, clear and consistent crisis communications and planning from your organization is essential to a swift and seamless recovery. The best crisis communicators judiciously prepare and dynamically react as the situation unfolds. This checklist focuses on items to consider before, during, and after a crisis.

It is essential to always have a plan in place for any emergency. Training and educating your employees for various scenarios and then going over those procedures will help to prepare for the unexpected. We recommend that once you develop an emergency plan, you should test that plan with your employees.

The initial response in an emergency is critical. A quick alert to employees to evacuate, shelter or lockdown can save lives. A 911 call for help that provides full and accurate information will help the dispatcher send the right responders and equipment. A person trained to administer first aid or perform CPR can be lifesaving. 

Why Emergency Notification Is Important

Having emergency notification procedures in place is critical for multiple reasons. For one, threats can happen anytime. And they can put your operations and properties at risk. 

State, local, and federal regulations also require building owners to create emergency action plans along with life safety plans to keep their tenants, property managers, and visitors safe.

With the emergency notification or incident management platform, you can more easily prepare for these types of incidents. You can also more readily respond to them when they do occur. In the end, you can protect both workers and your property. The right procedures will help you to adequately inform tenants and their employees about what to do in a crisis. They will also minimize the impacts of an incident on a business.