ComCon 1: Activate
You can't be of assistance to others if you are injured. Most injuries occur AFTER the disaster.
Is everyone OK, If not, what needs to be done?
Evaluate participant's situation and form an action plan based on the best available information.
Things may not have progressed as you thought. Get an updated situation report from everyone. Don't assume that someone is OK because they were in a safe place. Verify. If no response then assume a problem.
It never goes as you expect. But when you change something be sure everyone understands. Don't leave someone in the dark and assume they will know what has happened.
Insure that all participants can transition to the back-up system without difficulty. When possible have each person test the back-up system and stress that they monitor it as the primary may work where they are, but not somewhere else. They may wait on the primary when everyone else is using the secondary.
Communicate any significant threat changes or need for a change in the action plan. Talk Talk Talk. Keep everyone in the loop. Gather information and seek input from everyone.
Murphy says "When reviewing the radio frequencies you just wrote down, the most important ones will be illegible". Don't trust your memory. There is a section about using a notebook. It is very important to keep good reliable records of events.
People under stress may easily mistake your intent. Murphy says "Every command that can be misunderstood, will be". Think about what you intend to say before you say it. If it is important, like a change of operation or movement direction, think about how it may be misinterpreted and change the message accordingly.
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