A crisis can erupt at any time, in any form. A fire, explosion, medical epidemic, water leak, power outage, hurricane or bomb threat – the possibilities are infinite and unpredictable. Nonetheless, planning for the unpredictable does help. Crisis coordination centers, stockpiles of equipment and supplies, a communications plan, a program of practice scenarios – all developed in advance – enable communities to respond more quickly and efficiently when the unthinkable strikes.
Everyone hopes, of course, that a crisis plan will never have to be implemented, but wishful thinking will not help if a serious crisis arises. Most large organizations and municipalities develop and maintain a crisis plan, run mock scenarios and work to ensure that the entire community is informed.
All University employees and students should become familiar with UMass Lowell's Crisis Management Plan (pdf).