Crisis management teams organize at institutions such as schools, businesses and neighborhoods to keep the citizens and assets safe during a crisis. Crisis management teams develop and implement plans to handle crises. It may be difficult for citizens to prepare for a crisis, therefore crisis management teams focus on preparation to reduce the negative impact of a crisis.
Crisis management teams are able to reduce fatalities by providing basic necessities such as shelter, food and water. Citizens within a low-income community or impoverished country without a solid crisis management team are more likely to suffer from mass dehydration, starvation, epidemics and homelessness. Crisis management teams are also able implement task forces to rescue people in dire circumstances. For example, trained rescue groups within the crisis management team can save citizens trapped in houses after earthquakes and tornadoes.
Some individuals may feel desperate in a crisis and steal in an attempt to gain resources. Others may take advantage of vulnerable citizens and use the crisis as a cover for their misconduct. Crisis management teams provide a means for citizens to obtain resources. This calms fears and strengthens defenseless populations. Crisis management teams also reduce havoc which lessens the incentive to commit crime. The effort of crisis management teams enable police officers to focus their efforts on protecting citizens.
Assist in Emotional Recovery
A crisis can be emotionally and mentally devastating to citizens. However the kindness and physical assistance of crisis management teams can reduce the amount of future depression, fear and anxiety. The pain of confusion and lack of support in the crisis can cause significant amount of post-traumatic stress. However, a crisis management team eases the emotional damage. Citizens can view their experience with gratefulness for those that saved them.
Garner External Resources
Crisis management teams can work in the behalf of the community to gain resources before, after and during a crisis. Citizens may feel too helpless to request resources during a crisis. However, crisis management teams can appeal to request food, funds and temporary shelter. As crisis management teams grow in prominence they have more access to corporate leaders and nationwide non-profit organizations.
Educate the Public
Crisis management teams have the interest, specialized knowledge, passion and time to educate the public. While regular citizens may not be knowledgeable, interested or capable of sharing the information about crisis to others, crisis management teams can. Crisis management teams can give recommendations to establishments on how to respond to a crisis, speak to schools and use media or social networking to market methods on staying safe in a crisis. Educating the public also helps to recruit and train citizens that desire to help during a crisis.
Localizes the Effort
Designating a crisis management team enables the community to allocate time and resources more efficiently. If separate task forces are aimlessly addressing a crisis, then they run the risk of overlooking citizens that are trapped and not requesting the correct amount of resources. A crisis management team also holds each other accountable and is more easily held accountable by the community, which reduces fraud or incompetence. A crisis management team creates one point of communication so that the government and the community can contact a knowledge source and implement a plan.
Dianne Heath has been writing professionally since 2009. Her work has been published in "The Hill," a political commentary publication, where she covered the water wars between Georgia, Florida and Alabama, as well as within California. Heath is pursuing a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.