Hazard Risk Resilience Magazine Volume 1 Issue 2 - Page 58

INTRO | HIGHLIGHTS | FEATURES | PHOTO STORIES | FOCUS | INTERVIEWS | PERSPECTIVES | BIOS Rethinking Management of Risk and Crisis with Professor Edward Borodzicz Brett Cherry speaks with Professor Edward Borodzicz about crisis management in contemporary society We don’t rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training. A rc h i lo c h u s What is the very first thing you should do when turning up at a crisis? Try standing back and having a cup of tea. ‘Take it in, work out what’s going on around you. The most important facility to have is to be calm and actually understand the event taking place because if you don’t then you’re not really understanding what you’re responding to and firing off a response that may not be appropriate to the setting’, says Professor Edward Borodzicz, an expert on risk and crisis management at Portsmouth University, who gave a seminar on emergency and crisis at the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience. Borodzicz believes breaking the rules may be necessary to resolve a crisis that risk management has failed to address: Risk management is done with the ultimate assumption that if you did everything correctly you would get rid of the risk. My argument is that we can’t get rid of the risk, things will still go wrong despite our best and most valiant attempts to prevent risk.