02.01.12: Political instability

EMM uses the following principles of guidance when political instability causes safety concerns.

  1. EMM's short-term program directors inform individuals/teams of known risks before sending them into places of political instability.
  2. Team members act in unison under the directives of EMM’s field supervisors and program directors.
  3. Short-term workers may be asked to change locations before long-term workers for the following reasons:
  • Long-term workers tend to feel responsible for short-term workers. We may want to free them from this responsibility. 
  • Short-term assignments are not typically as crucial to the ongoing function of our local partners. 
4. Teams/individuals are responsible to have enough cash on hand to exit the
country in the event of an emergency.

     5. Within one week of arrival, each team/individual must either become familiar 
         with the long-term workers’ crisis contingency plan or create their own in 
         consultation with the field supervisor.

     6. When a decision is made to move the team/individual, care is taken to bring 
         closure to relationships with those staying on site.

     7. Short-term workers are moved to an appropriate location in the same region 
         when possible. The location is determined by the regional supervisor and 
         program director in consultation with the crisis oversight team.

Who to contact in emergencies

  1. The team leader contacts the field supervisor and the regional representative (RR). If they are not available, contact the Human Resources director or Mission Team coach.

  2. The HR director will initiate a crisis assessment with the RR, a Mission Team coach, program director, Advancement director, and any others who may be needed.

  3. Someone at EMM is designated as point person, and the short-term individual/team is informed who to stay in touch with throughout the crisis situation.
Effective: 01/99. Revised: 09/11, 05/12.