Stress

We have all heard about stress and most, if not all of us, have suffered varying degrees of stress at some time in our lives.

However, how many people are truly aware of the severe, debilitating effects that stress may cause both to individuals and also to the overall resilience of any team or organisation facing a crisis.

Stress is “an automatic biological response, our body has in order to increase our chance of survival” and is often triggered when we face: a possible threat, something new or, something unexpected.

We all, to varying degrees (on an individual basis) become used to a level of stress in our lives – examples may be bad traffic on the way to work, a work deadline to meet, tensions at home – there are innumerable examples. Very often, these “basic” levels of stress can, by means of a biological reaction in our bodies, spur us on to either, greater efforts or, levels of achievement and, over a period of time, the actual feelings of stress generated by such events can decrease. What is important to realize, however, is that stress can be “cumulative” – very similar to stretching a rubber band – a little bit of stretch and all is fine – but slowly keep on stretching that rubber band and we can reach a serious stage where there is a very fine line between either, being under incredible stress for long periods of time or, snapping. Read the rest of this entry »

Crisis Management Communications and Information

Crises essentially fall into 2 categories – either, those that are anticipated and may have a timescale involved before they affect a company e.g. Hurricanes, Pandemics or, those that are sudden and can have immediate affects e.g. Fires, Earthquakes, Bomb Threats.

Regardless of the category of crisis, a principal factor in how a company faces the problem is effective Crisis Management. A critical component of Crisis Management is clear, unambiguous, two-way communication and information exchange along pre-determined lines of communication between the Crisis Management Team (CMT) and assigned work teams. Read the rest of this entry »

The latest Hurricane Forecast

The latest Hurricane Forecast (released Wed 2 Jun 2010), from the Gray/Klotzbach Team, calls for a “very active” season and has now been increased to 18 named Storms (Tropical Storm strength or greater), with 10 of those becoming Hurricanes and five of those major Hurricanes (Category 3 or higher on the Saffir-Simpson scale, with top sustained winds of at least 111 mph).

This increase in the number of forecast storms is due to rapidly diminishing El Nino effect and much higher than normal Atlantic Sea Surface Temperatures.

Additionally, the Gray/Klotzbach Team estimated a probability of 65% for at least one major hurricane to travel through the Caribbean – the norm to date has been 42%. Read the rest of this entry »

1st June – 2010 Atlantic Hurricane Season commences

Tuesday 1st June marks the commencement of the 2010 Hurricane Season – many experts are predicting an intense season for the Atlantic and Caribbean Basin.

Are your Company and Staff truly ready – has a degree of either, complacency set in or, given the pressing financial climes – perhaps some cost-cutting has been applied to crucial mitigation measures and plans?

If you have a Hurricane Plan – has it been updated from “Lessons Learned” and have you performed a drill/exercise to refresh the memories of Key Players?

In the worst case, like some Companies – unfortunately – you may NOT even have an appropriate Hurricane Plan. Read the rest of this entry »

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