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COVID-19 Crisis Management Response in Local Communities

The whole world is in crisis, and local governments are doing their best to stop the spread of COVID-19. Therefore, the coordination between communities and the government is essential in this time of need.

According to the head of APCO Worldwide’s Global Crisis Practice, Eliot Hoff, principles and practices must be applied by the government and private institutions to streamline efforts and mitigate any coronavirus emergencies.

Here are some of the best practices that local communities must carry out in order to respond and manage any type of crisis.


Learn about the Crisis

Learn the facts of the crisis in order to understand the situation. It is human instinct that we respond to an emergency with panic, and to mitigate this, it is our duty to communicate and understand the case on hand with facts from reliable sources, such as the World Health Organization or the CDC.

Once we learn about the facts surrounding the crisis, it is then essential to communicate these properly. We must ensure that we deliver information responsibly and effectively.


Workforce Management

Local government can help manage the workforce by providing health and financial crisis plan. The private and public sectors must consider short-term and long-term health impacts.

Companies can use software to forecast health impacts on the workforce and create response measures, buffer against any shocks, and even create longer accurate solutions for the workforce-related crises.


Anxiety and Stress Management

Everyone responds to stressful situations in different ways. Some of the usual responses include the following:

  • Fear and worry about your health and your family’s health and welfare.
  • Your sleep pattern can be affected along with your appetite.
  • People suffering from chronic pain can feel worse.
  • People may result in excessive alcohol, tobacco, or drug consumption.
  • People who have preexisting mental health conditions may experience new or worse symptoms.

Individuals who are stressed and anxious about the situation can support themselves by doing the following:

  • Take breaks from consuming information about the crises to avoid being more upset about the situation.
  • Take care of your body by exercising and eating healthy and balanced meals. Get plenty of sleep and avoid drinking alcohol and drugs.
  • Communicate with the people you trust and share your concerns and your feelings with them.


What Parents Can Do

The current lockdown and community quarantine is a time for parents to calmly and confidently support the children. Also, it’s essential to teach them how the be prepared for any other events and circumstances that may follow.

As parents, we should know how to read the crisis responses of our children which may include the following:

  • Young children may cry excessively or may feel excessive irritated.
  • Young children may also return to behaviors that they have outgrown, such as bedwetting or toileting accidents.
  • Unhealthy eating and sleeping habits.
  • Avoid physical and other cognitive activities at home.


If you think your child or children shows these responses or other stress responses, then you support your children by:

  • Taking time to talk to them about the Covid-19 outbreak and find reliable resources that can help answer their questions.
  • Reassure them that they are and that whenever they can talk to you when they are stressed, afraid, or upset.
  • As much as possible, limit their exposure to news and social media about the crisis to avoid information misinterpretation and fear.


What to Do After the Crisis

Once the crisis has subsided, you can strategize on how to rebuild the system. Make sure that you work with the local government and other institutions in order for the community to re-emerge.


Always remember to look ahead and that there is an end to every crisis that we face.