Under sunny San Diego skies, participants in the 2019 ARA Crisis Management Workshop recently gathered to participate in a specialized, hands-on workshop for ag retailers. Led by expert Jaye Hamby, the workshop guided attendees through real-world scenarios to craft, update and fine-tune their own companies’ emergency action plans. The content of the workshop revolved around three fundamental principles of crisis management: plan preparation (PREPARE), actions and activities required to manage a crisis (RESPOND) and requirements to keep a crisis plan sustainable (SUSTAIN).
Environmental health and safety (EHS) subject matter expert Gina Dempsey from FMC provided the group with her practical experience in the industry. Her accounts underscored the importance of having a plan in place before it is too late. She also focused on successful deployments of emergency action plans.
Attendees left the day-and-a-half-long workshop with a personalized emergency action plan that is relevant, implementable and sustainable for the needs of their businesses and the local emergency resources. Company teams strengthened their relationships through the activities and extended their network with EHS peers from other ag retailers.
This program is sponsored by ARA member FMC and is just one part of ARA’s professional development pathway. The 2020 workshop is slated to be held in the first quarter of the calendar year. For more information, visit www.aradc.org/crisismgmt.