Crisis management is a proactive process that produces strategies for dealing with incidents or disasters and subsequent recovery. All organisations need to plan for and deal with unwanted incidents or disasters that threaten to interrupt their normal operation and have a process in place to be able to continue operating after the event. This includes emergencies caused by power cuts and fires, by adverse weather events, such as heatwaves, floods and extreme winter conditions, and those caused by serious security alerts, such as terrorism and bomb threats.
Business continuity is used to describe the process of being able to carry on a business during a crisis, or to recover the business and return to normal as quickly as possible afterwards.
Crisis management and business continuity apply to schools of all sizes and types. In larger schools, a crisis management team should be set up to prepare the crisis management plan and to put it into operation when required. The crisis management plan should be compatible with the health and safety policy and, where relevant, should fit in with local critical incident and civil contingency plans.
See the Accidents and Emergencies in Education topic for more information on accident investigation.
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