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Why is resource management so critical in emergency situations?

Even though you don’t like to think of the worst-case scenario, you have to.  After all, the way you respond to emergencies that affect your company can have long-lasting effects!
So, out of all of your other responsibilities, why is your resource management so critical when emergency situations happen that affect your company?

1.  Because resources are limited

Whether you’re dealing with a hurricane, tornado, fire, or flood, the odds are high that you’re not going to have any electricity afterwards.

 That means your local cell towers won’t be working properly, and even if they are, your employees won’t be able to charge their cell phones!  Plus, your employees won’t have access to their emails, because they won’t be able to charge their laptops (or turn on their desktop computers).  In the end, it means that communication is going to be scarce at best – so you better have a plan in place beforehand!

Plus, if you don’t have any electricity, you’re going to be limited to working solely in the daylight hours.  That means you’ve got to be even more efficient than usual.  So, if you’re not using your resources in the best way possible, you’re literally going to be “burning daylight”!

And if you think you can get away with simply having a generator, think again.  After widespread emergencies, the gas you need to power a generator is nearly-impossible to get.


2.  Because employees are emotionally affected

Remember, your resources aren’t limited to physical things.  Your employees are your most valuable human resources.

During an emergency, people are thrust into life-altering situations.  They may have lost their homes (or, at the very least, have one heck of a mess to clean up).  They may have seen terrifying things.  They may not be sleeping well.  They may be stuck eating nothing but peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in the aftermath.

Bottom line – you can’t expect your people to have their wits about them, meaning you can’t expect them to come up with the best way to manage your resources now.  Instead, you need to have a pre-determined blueprint in place that they can follow almost automatically.


3.  Because you don’t have time to waste

No matter how small your organization is, your future depends on how you react to emergencies.  It doesn’t matter how great your reputation was or how strong your resources were before disaster struck.  If you can’t “get back on the horse” in a timely manner, people will lose faith in you – and you may never make it back!


One way to deal with all the above issues during an emergency is to have a printed backup copy of your weekly schedule. With a printed copy of your resource plan and schedules, your employees can still make the best use of their time and they're able to follow a plan until everything is back to normal.