Emergency Management

The essential elements of a continuity of operations plan or business continuity plan typically include risk assessments, emergency response procedures, crisis communication protocols, identification of essential functions and facilities, alternate work arrangements, data backup and recovery strategies, training programs, testing and evaluation processes, and incident management procedures.

Risk assessments play a crucial role in emergency planning by identifying potential hazards, vulnerabilities, and their probable impact. By conducting risk assessments, organizations can prioritize and allocate resources effectively, develop appropriate mitigation measures, and establish response plans based on the identified risks. This helps in enhancing preparedness, reducing the likelihood of emergencies, and enabling efficient and effective response and recovery actions when emergencies occur.

Key considerations for conducting a vulnerability assessment include:

  • Identifying critical assets.
  • Assessing their susceptibility to threats.
  • Evaluating existing security measures.
  • Analyzing potential vulnerabilities and weaknesses.
  • Considering the impact of potential threats.
  • Prioritizing mitigation efforts based on the level of risk and potential consequences.

To effectively communicate during a crisis, organizations should establish a clear and shared communication plan. This includes designating spokespersons, using multiple channels to disseminate information, providing regular updates, addressing concerns and rumors promptly, conveying empathy and transparency, and tailoring messages to different stakeholders while ensuring consistency and accuracy.

Best practices for conducting tabletop exercises and drills include setting clear objectives, involving key stakeholders, simulating realistic scenarios, encouraging active participation, documenting observations and lessons learned, facilitating open discussions, evaluating response capabilities, identifying areas for improvement, and using the exercise results to refine plans and enhance preparedness.

Organizational & Leadership Development

The Leadership Development Academy by Jacob Green & Associates presents courses instructed by nationally renowned thought leaders. These courses cover a spectrum of subjects, including team dynamics, advanced leadership skills, enhanced team collaboration, and strategic thinking tailored for emerging leaders.

Performance metrics and goals for the City Manager are established through a collaborative process that engages City Council Members and key stakeholders. This approach guarantees alignment with the Council's vision, strategic priorities, the City’s mission, and the ever-evolving needs of the community.

The outcomes of the City Manager Performance Report play a pivotal role in shaping decision-making and fostering improvement within the City. Specifically, these outcomes serve as a foundation for setting annual goals and objectives. By closely aligning with the Council's overarching vision and strategic priorities, the report's insights are leveraged to not only define key milestones for enhancing various aspects of the City but also to establish ambitious goals for its future trajectory.

An organizational or department assessment involves a comprehensive analysis conducted by Jacob Green and Associates, encompassing both qualitative elements such as one-on-one interviews and anonymous surveys, as well as quantitative aspects like the team dynamics assessment. This dual-pronged approach aims to furnish organizations with invaluable insights and recommendations for enhancing team cohesion, strategic alignment, and overall effectiveness. By evaluating categories such as strategy, climate, capability, processes, and communication, the assessment provides a holistic perspective to guide organizational and cultural development efforts, ensuring optimally positioned for future success.

Results from an organizational or department assessment serve as a foundation for informed action and guiding targeted changes. Findings equip teams for process optimization, resource reallocation, teambuilding, and leadership development, thereby fostering positive organizational growth and advancement.