How Prepared is Your Disaster Management Team?

Published by on November 21, 2013 at 10:00 am.

Planning and operations should prevent disasters from becoming crises and resolve crises before they require large-scale contingency operations. SPEC Innovation’s Assessment of Disaster Readiness Tool (ADRT) is a readiness and resilience level assessment tool for national and international disaster preparedness. ADRT seeks to transform emergency disaster relief from a predominantly military endeavor to a predominantly civil response with necessary military support, and ADRT provides tools and insights for the decision makers at the local and national levels. ADRT uses a series of questions to assess your preparedness for disasters, and provides scoring with three categories of readiness so that monetary resources and personnel can be better directed in preparing for disasters.


Assess how prepared your Disaster Management Team is by asking these four questions:


  1. Is the Disaster management Team (DMT) fully funded for the next 12 months?

    It is important to assess if you have appropriate funding to maintain and exercise the DMT for potential disasters. The amount of funding will vary by the size of the area of concern, its population and other demographics, as well as the types of disasters you may anticipate. Given the cost of clean-up and re-building alone can be in terms of billions of dollars, a small amount of preparedness can go a long way toward saving not only these cost, but lives.

  2. Has a DMT Leader been designated by the appropriate government official/organizations responsible for disaster management?

    The DMT Leader must have access to the top levels of government to enable that leader to have the resources needed in an emergency. The person must be trustworthy and have the confidence of all levels of government and the public, as this person will become the public face in a crisis.

  3. Is the DMT trained to lead the long term recovery efforts for the impacted communities?

    Your DMT should be frequently trained and ready for any possible disaster, attack or accident that could occur. Preparing for the long term recovery efforts can be just as important as the training efforts. When your DMT is properly trained to deal with the needs of the impacted community, the disaster can be minimized.

  4. How frequently has your team been trained for the following?

    • biological attacks or accidents
    • radiological attacks or accidents
    • natural disasters


Your DMT must have training in both “man-made” and natural disasters. In an era of cheap weapons of mass destruction, the potential man-made disasters could overwhelm normally well prepared and trained personnel. Having disaster management plans and executing training exercises to prepare for all possible events is essential to a local, state or national government in providing the emergency management and disaster preparedness for its citizens.

Your Disaster Management Team is vital to better prepare and respond to all hazards, natural or man-made. Take proper precautions to make sure they are ready for any disaster. After asking yourself these questions, how well do you think your DMT is prepared?

If you have a question or want advice on your Disaster Management Plan, contact me.