Letter to the Editor: Contingency Planning Lacking

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Letter to the Editor: Contingency Planning Lacking


The test of any leader is demonstrated in how effectively he or she navigates crises. A good example of ineffective crises management was seen with hurricanes Katrina and Sandy.

Successful navigation of crises is directly related to contingency planning. So what is contingency planning? I took the liberty to research this issue and here is what I found:

Contingency planning:

Preparing contingency plans in advance, as part of a crisis management plan, is the first step to ensuring an organization is appropriately prepared for a crisis. Crisis management teams can rehearse a crisis plan by developing a simulated scenario to use as a drill. The first hours after a crisis breaks are the most crucial, so working with speed and efficiency is important, and the plan should indicate how quickly each function should be performed. The contingency plan should contain information and guidance that will help decision makers to consider not only the short-term consequences, but the long-term effects of every decision.

OK, now that we have a common basis of understating of crisis management and how effective crisis management is tied to contingency planning, we can look at Hamden's snow situation more objectively. …

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