What Is Situational Awareness?
Why Situational Awareness Is Important
Situational awareness enhances response coordination, mitigates risks, minimizes damages, and saves lives. It allows individuals and organizations to better understand the dynamics of various contexts, enabling them to respond and adapt effectively. Awareness of one’s surroundings also enables effective decision-making, saving time and resources.
Situational awareness is vital in:
- Natural disasters
- Security instances
- Critical events
- Work environments
Situational Awareness in Critical Event Management
A critical event is any incident or occurrence that threatens an organization and its employees, such as natural disasters, fires, public health emergencies, accidents causing bodily harm, or social crises. Critical Event Management (CEM) is an organization’s strategy, approach, and technology to proactively tackle critical events and respond quickly and effectively to threats. CEM enhances situational awareness, enabling organizations to maintain employee safety, minimize company damages, enhance resilience, and recover from incidents.
CEM approaches use technology and communication tools to respond to critical events and involve incident management and response, crisis communication, the coordination of resources, and the development of protocols and plans.
Stages of Situational Awareness
Emergencies and business disruptions happen. It’s how you prepare and respond to them that determines their impact.
Our critical event management solutions combine a secure emergency notification system with incident response tools and capabilities—so you can quickly deploy your response teams and enable them to better prepare for, respond to, and recover from critical events faster.
Critical Event and Emergency Planning Resources