Crisis preparedness and crisis response are critical for a wide variety of issues, ranging from natural disasters, pandemics, conflicts, or otherwise.

We are living in a VUCA world (volatile, uncertain, chaotic, ambiguous). Let’s prepare as best we can for the known and unknown risks around us. Please find below a list of issues to prepare for and respond to a crisis. More resources and links will be added here regularly.

Immediate Critical Issues – Crisis Response

Health and Human Safety

  • Search & rescue
  • Emergency medical services
  • Psychosocial and emotional support
  • Pandemic / COVID caution during the crisis
  • Structural stabilization
  • Fire suppression
  • Toxins, air pollution, and other chemicals


  • Temporary shelters for those displaced
  • Cleanup and support for those who can stay in their residences
  • Replacement equipment, furniture, and supplies
  • Repairs
  • Securing property from further damage or theft

Food and Water

  • Donation collection and distribution

Infrastructure Checking and Repair

  • Bridges and roads
  • Electricity
  • Communications
  • Water
  • Traffic safety


  • Critical safety, security, and health information
  • Connecting needs and support

External Resources

Personal and Community Emergency Preparedness Tips (from

Developing an Emergency Response Plan (from

Emergency Planning: Improve Community Preparedness with these Basic Steps

Identify and respond to basic needs first. See Maslow’s hierarchy for guidance:

Maslow’s Hierarchy (from Wikipedia)