Outbreak Drills – Preparing For a Health Crisis

Outbreak drills are often used in different companies, but not everyone gets the memo. No matter what the size of your company, or the size of your team, you must run an outbreak drill to keep yourself and your staff protected.

Over the years, I have spoken with upper level managers, directors, business leaders, stock traders, and sales people. All agree that they use the drill frequently, and are always on top of the latest and greatest. Many times, the drills include real-life incidents where staff members are exposed to potential risk and are expected to act as quickly as possible in response.

When planning an outbreak, it is critical to know exactly what your team member is going to be exposed to. When I first began planning my own outbreaks, I would plan for a situation that could potentially result in someone becoming sick, such as having a group of people sick at the same time, or using the same food as your main team members.

In my practice, I find that if I choose the best times to do my drill, the most stressed out team members will actually look forward to the exercise. They can be more focused on ensuring they do not become ill when there is no real threat to them.

The first thing to consider when planning your drills is time frame. You will need to make sure that you are prepared for the worst, which means you will need to train your staff accordingly.

When planning your drills, you need to set up a series of scenarios that can help you identify the most likely scenarios. By doing this, you will have a better idea of what your team needs to be prepared for.

For example, if you have employees who are typically sick, you might want to consider including sick people in the scenarios. You might want to vary the scenarios in order to give your staff members multiple chances to act quickly.

There are many more things to consider when planning your drills. Planning is very important, but make sure you remember that the drill should be a fun way to keep your staff motivated.