The Effect of Trauma and Terrorism in an Olympic Year
Paris, France. 8, April 2004
Are you prepared for the Effect of Trauma & Terrorism in an Olympic Year?
The threat of terrorism has changed the face of major international events forever. This Olympic Year brings with it a heightened realisation of that threat by all parties involved. The airline industry in particular is no doubt preparing for all possible situations. Yet while security efforts will be the highest historically for any Olympic Games, there is an area of risk management that is often overlooked, the human element.
In disaster recovery plans an assumption is made that employees will be able to fulfil their designated roles despite the distress occasioned by a critical event. The fact is they are often so debilitated by their involvement in the incident that they simply cannot perform. In such circumstances, they need clinical assistance and support - quickly!
Your ground and air personnel are a major asset to your organisation. Preparing for their emotional and psychological well-being is both a duty of care as well as the basis of good management. Ensure their well-being is covered by strategies designed to deal with potential threat.