Writing a DRP – Part 3

by todaystrainingblog

May 29, 2013


Writing a DRP – Part 3



                If you work in a manufacturing plant, then all of the supervisors and managers who work on the floor need to be involved in putting it all back together again. And of course this would involve your hourly employees as well, if they can be used here and not somewhere else during the initial phases of the recovery.

                Aside from having most of their employees temporarily reassigned to facilities, they need to help assess the damage to the machinery and raw materials they use on a daily basis. After they assess that they can begin to plan on getting things back to normal and operating as normally as possible.

                If you are not involved in manufacturing then you have to turn your attention to other duties. If you operate a call center for example, then getting back to normal will require a different set of parameters. And the same holds true for any large company. You need to figure out what is necessary to get back into business and put your employees to work on it.

                If that means they are all reassigned to clean-up then that’ is what needs to be done. Everyone within the company needs to be pushed in the direction of helping the company recover. And that means possibly suspended the union contract, if they will agree (and let’s hope so for the company and employees sake), so that everyone can help any-where.



                While it will be discussed in a later chapter I feel it’s necessary to point out the necessity of training employees in the DRP. They need to be drilled an Trained as often as necessary so that the response becomes second nature to them. And while that may mean nothing, because in a crisis people will react in ways different than they do in a simulation, counter-productive or not.

Kinds of Training

                The kind of training you need to have is as varied as the type of companies that will need them. But there are 2 kinds that are especially effective especially in an active shooter scenario; table tops and full blown drills. These training examples have been the target of some confusion by people, so let me try to explain them for you.

                I have been to training exercises with table tops that literally had more in common with a classroom than an exercise. I’ve had some that were nothing but a classroom discussion group and nothing was planned just discussed to get out information.

                I’ve also participated in exercises where it lasted for hours and was as intense of an experience as you could ever imagine. The facilitators threw monkey wrenches into the mix and did their best to ‘discombobulate’ the people in the room. It worked, it caused confusion and eventually a change in the plan was forth coming that made it better

                I’ve also seen table top exercises where the entire facility was mocked up in detail on the table. This was for a large corporate campus and they were exercising a multiple perpetrator /incident scenario. The campus was ‘hit’ at several points at the same time by a group that was opposed to what they stood for.

                As for a full blown drill, I’m sure you can figure it out. It’s like the fire drills we had in school, or for those old enough to remember, nuclear strike drills. In this case you need to at least twice a year, have a walk thru drill. This is simply just an evacuation and walk thru of the actual plan.

                To have a full blown exercise you will need to coordinate with every local agency you can to assist. From police/sheriff, fire, hospital/ambulance, National Guard, and so on. These exercises will go he full route with simulated injured and dead.

                One of these I participated in had an explosion in one of the manufacturing plant. We had searchers, rescuers. Police, fire, ambulance, and off-duty medical personnel that showed up to help. It was a great drill and the plan was re-evaluated and made better.

                If you will be scheduling a full blown exercise, then you don’t want to tell your employees that you are having one, per se. You can tell them you will have one, just not when. Surprise is the best option in a training scenario because it allows you to grade the responses accordingly.


(This article will be continued)

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