Emergency Management Breakdown Aide Memoire


This guide is proposed to help people recognise breakdowns within co-located and distributed teams, and provide some practical resolution strategies.

What are breakdowns?

A breakdown occurs when teams lose the ability to coordinate or communicate effectively.

Breakdowns are caused by differences in understanding between teams. For example, not having a shared understanding across teams may lead to teams developing different operational plans, which in turn can lead to operational dysfunction. This guide aims to assist you in identifying breakdowns across the various organisational levels by listing some of the key indicators of breakdown. It also lists some strategies you may find useful in resolving a breakdown should one be detected.

What to look for when identifying breakdowns...

How you might resolve breakdowns...

Lastly, ensure those under your command understand what a breakdown is and to report it to you.

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