“Good luck is opportunity meeting preparedness”
– Deepak Chopra
Below you will find information on the risks that nonprofits in Calgary may face and tips on how to plan for each. While these resources are meant to provide guidance in your planning efforts, remember that having a general plan covering multiple risk scenarios is recommended.
Fire can be devastating to a nonprofit organization. Damage can range from disruption of service up to a full loss of operations. It is important to consider expedited evacuation and communication procedures, as well as alternate facilities to operate.
Loss of critical infrastracture including servers, computers, and communication tools can significantly interrupt operations. Focus your efforts on the program areas of highest need i.e. if your organization requires housing for clients, or refrigeration for food etc. Consider backing up your critical documents on remote servers or off site.
Loss of staff or volunteer time, to the point of a disruption in your organization’s ability to meet client’s needs, could require a shift in organizational mindset. The resources below will provide some ideas to consider when planning for this threat:
Severe weather can take shape in various forms, whether it’s damage to physical assets in a hail storm, loss of accessibility or supply routes in a large snow fall, or severe damage from high winds or tornado. Learn how to prepare below:
Shelter in Place
Chemical spills, biological contaminants, pollutants and more can neccesitate a Shelter in Place response. With Calgary’s large industrial transportation systems, organizations should be prepared to seal the hazards out of their workplace. Find out how below:
How to Shelter in Place
Shelter in Place Checklist
Terrorism / Lockdown
While focused heavily on educational institutions, it is good practice for all organizations to have a knowledge and level of preparedness for staff and volunteers in the event of a lockdown. Find sample lockdown plans from the University of Calgary and York University below:
With the ability to corrupt an organization’s control systems, finance, telecommunications and personal information, a cyber attack can greatly affect an organization’s reputation.