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TRP's Top 10 Preparedness Blogs of 2014

Posted on Tue, Dec 30, 2014

As TRP Corp. gets ready to begin its 20th anniversary year, we would like to share our subscribers’’ “Top Ten” blogs from 2014.  While the topics vary, the goal of each blog is to provide a resourceful, informative article that guides professionals in developing effective emergency, crisis, and business continuity plans. We hope emergency managers, first responders, and safety professionals can utilize these blogs to advance emergency management, preparedness initiatives, and business continuity efforts in 2015.

Our “Top Ten” 2014 blog articles Include:

10. Preparedness, Planning, and Pandemic Plans 

Published prior to the onset of the well-publicized Ebola outbreak, this blog highlights the evidence for the need of pandemic planning and the pandemic response plan.

9. The Business Impact Analysis: A Step Towards Business Continuity 

While the size and complexity of essential business elements required for sustainability varies among industries, companies, and specific facilities, the ability to quantify and prioritize critical work flow components is a key business continuity element. This blog highlights examples of which critical business functions to analyze, and the specific components of the Business Impact Analysis.

8. Incident Response Drills and Tabletop Exercises 

Every drill or exercise presents the opportunity to improve site-specific response plans, rendering the potential for a more effective response. This blog examines the three most popular types of response exercises and details tabletop exercise planning considerations that can aid in improving preparedness levels.

7. Consultants Combat Emergency Management Challenges: Oil and Gas Industry 

Despite safety statistics, the oil and gas industry’s public safety perception has been tested by highly publicized tragic incidents, increasing the pressures on emergency managers. This blog highlights some of the challenges felt by oil and gas emergency managers, and breaks down the strategic and tactical cost-benefits of hiring specialized, reputable consultants.

6. 7 Key Points for Industrial Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery 

Companies often lack adequate recovery planning and recuperative procedures to restore critical information, essential processes, and normal business operations within an acceptable recovery time frame. This popular blog identifies seven elements that can accelerate the business continuity recovery process.

 5. Ten Reasons for Companies to Invest in Incident Management Programs 

Implementing a technologically advanced, enterprise-wide incident management system offers opportunities to increase the effectiveness of preparedness efforts with “real-time” response advantages. This blog highlights ten “best practice” reasons why companies should prioritize these programs, and advance preparedness initiatives and associated response programs.

4. Corporate Emergency Preparedness and Risk Management 

Companies that prioritize risk management and integrated preparedness goals are better prepared to educate employees on potential incidents, and their role in prevention, mitigation, response, and recovery. This popular blog highlights four “best practice” processes and prevention measures that should be included in your risk management program.


With carefully planned tabletop exercises, mitigation opportunities and valuable response knowledge can be revealed. Realistic exercise scenarios can often highlight potential deficiencies in response plans, individual comprehension of response roles and responsibilities, and partnership coordination efforts. This blog highlights the various types of tabletop scenarios that can be utilized to strengthen preparedness efforts and bolster your emergency management or HSE program.

2. A Lesson in Emergency Preparedness: Learn from Past Incidents 

Emergency managers should not camouflage preparedness or response failures. On the contrary, they should draw from scenario experiences and response lapses to improve their emergency management program. This blog highlights the importance of the evolution process within response planning and emergency management, and offers a series of questions that may aid in identifying plan deficiencies and mitigation opportunities.

1. Fire Pre Plan Templates: How to Make Them Work for You! 

An enterprise-wide fire pre plan template can serve as an outline of required fire response related information, yet they must be populated with site-specific details. TRP’s top blog of 2014 highlights specific elements that should be included in a fire pre plan, despite the response situation or circumstance. The blog also provides insightful fire pre plan “helpful hints” from various first responders and fire departments.

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