In my previous blog I suggested that building a successful preparedness campaign is like building a skyscraper…and in some cases it seems like building a skyscraper may actually be easier than building a successful campus-wide or organization-wide preparedness effort.
I mentioned that building a skyscraper and building a campus-wide or organization-wide preparedness effort have a lot in common and one of those common items is blueprints.
Blueprints can be a technical drawing, a mechanical drawing, an architectural plan, a model, a prototype, a detailed plan of action and etc. Blueprints can also include programs, policies, procedures, processes, guidelines, checklists and etc.
But blueprints are not skyscrapers.
Lessons learned continue to reveal that many organizations are extremely vulnerable because they purchase blueprints (emergency plans, anti-bullying programs, checklists, and etc.) and schedule a meeting or training session and post their blueprints on an intranet/portal and think they have built their “skyscraper”.
More and more organizations are learning the hard way that having blueprints is not enough.
Even though financial organizations have policies, government entities have plans, schools have procedures, healthcare organizations have checklists and organizations have been offering general training on an annual basis for years… tragedies, failures, bullying and lawsuits continue to escalate.
Do your organization’s leaders understand that building organization-wide preparedness efforts or a culture of safety or an anti-bullying environment requires more than disseminating blueprints?