In the meantime, I wanted to post an overview of what we heard in the online workshop, which was tailored specifically for churches and other nonprofit organizations.
1) Most crises are not natural disaster, but involve people:
Lawsuits, Discrimination, Harassment, Accounting
Practices, Human Resources, Sex Abuse, Gender Issues,
2) Common sources of crises situations for ministries include: Camps, Retreats, Youth Trips/Outings, Day Care, Mission Trips, Church Schools, Use of Volunteers
3) A crisis of any sort can impact these areas of your ministry or nonprofit and you can successfully plan for each one: Financial Support, Operating expenses, Membership/Volunteers, Staff/Member morale, Reputation, Competitive strength, Government intervention, Legal action, Leadership mistrust
4) Some harsh realities of crisis management:
5) Key points to consider in your plan:
6) What NOT to say during or immediately following a crisis:
In the presentation, Larry provides significant information on crisis and pandemic preparedness and how you can be prepared by acting and planning now. He also offers action items to take back to your leadership or volunteer team so you can be ready when a crisis strikes (whether caused by people, mother nature, or pandemic).
We encourage everyone to have a plan in place that is reviewed twice a year.