No incident or crisis follows a standard pattern. None-the-less, there is a range of tools that can help resilience practitioners at all stages of the Resilience Cycle; from risk identification and assessment, to post event recovery and renewal.
Templates can also be usefully incorporated into emergency planning documentation to support problem solving by practitioners.
A note of caution: as a learned general once said “templates are only a starting point”. They support the analytical process but should always be used with caution and any results subject to critical challenge.
EPC publications provide open access to several resilience tools and templates. In particular:
EPC Occasional Paper No 1
'Decision Support Tools for Risk, Emergency and Crisis Management: An Overview and Aide Memoire'
The primary focus for this document is around crisis management tools and is intended as an aide memoire for its associated training.
EPC Occasional Paper No 12
'Information Management and Shared Situational Awareness: Ideas, Tools and Good Practice in Multi-Agency Crisis and Emergency Management'
This paper describes the factors that create inherent uncertainty in crisis management, and then establishes guiding principles and good practice for organisations and collectives that will enable effective information management.
Emergency Planning College Short Guide
'Crisis Leadership Part 3 Useful Tools'
This document details the tools to help crisis leaders make a decision on a situation, understand the required direction (strategy) and plan actions to be carried out.
Many of our prospectus courses on a number of specialisms i.e. business continuity, crowd and event safety, risk, planning and preparedness, cover the use of tools and templates and their usefulness within the process of ensuring robust and productive resilience and emergency planning.
Comprehensive copies of these are made available to course participants during and after their involvement in our courses via our learning management system.