The Netflix original, Stranger Things, centers around a 12-year-old boy, Will, who goes missing.
The search for answers in a small Indiana town uncovers secret government experiments, a parallel world with horrifying forces at work and a hero in the form of a girl with supernatural powers.
In the quest to find Will and outmaneuver the bad guys, the cast (including Winona Ryder as mom Joyce) put many measures in place to protect themselves. Here are a few lessons taken from them that will help in your risk management.
Communication is everything
When Joyce realizes her son is still alive in another dimension, but she can’t speak to him, she finds a way of communicating with him via Christmas lights. In the end, this leads to his safety. It’s essential to build a strong communication plan for your meetings, with alternate forms of communication and a chain of command.
Operate as a team
At one point, there’s an argument among the group of friends searching for Will and they split up to search separately. As the situation gets more perilous, they soon realize they are stronger together. Develop a crisis plan for your team, with responsibilities for each member, in case of an emergency.
Have a Plan B and C
From a bear trap to a sensory deprivation tank, this group had various plans in place. You should, too, and communicate them to the staff.
Rely on the local authorities
In the end, it was a smart, determined, take-no-enemies local police chief who saved the day. When bringing groups abroad, research local authorities and embassies beforehand so you know who to get in touch with if there’s an issue.
Remember: Whatever can happen, will
The characters in Stranger Things kept expecting the worst, and many planners say they do, too. What if the power goes out, or the cellular service goes down? Considering the worst prepares you for whatever comes your way.