Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) [ 2 February 2017 ]
A management process that analyses disaster risks and establishes arrangements in advance to enable timely, effective and appropriate responses. Annotation: Contingency planning results in organized and coordinated courses of action with clearly identified institutional roles and resources, information processes and operational arrangements for specific actors at times of need. Based on scenarios of possible emergency conditions or hazardous events, it allows key actors to envision, anticipate and solve problems that can arise during disasters. Contingency planning is an important part of overall preparedness. Contingency plans need to be regularly updated and exercised.