All About Crisis Committees

What’s Different from a GA Committee?

  • TheĀ Crisis Director: Crisis committees also have a crisis director who makes the unexpected crises and exciting updates happen behind the scenes, as well as their own staff.
  • Crises: Crisis committees will be faced with unexpected crises at any time during debate in many forms. These crises may happen independently or because of actions taken in committee.
  • Portfolio Powers: Each person or position in the committee comes with their own abilities and connections. It is up to the delegates to use their position powers creatively to steer committee in the direction they choose. To use portfolio powers, delegates must send a note to crisis.
  • Directives: Instead of formal resolutions, crisis committees draft shorter directives typically comprised of only one or two operative clauses, detailing the exact action the committee wants to take.

How does a crisis committee flow?

Crisis committees use almost all of the same parliamentary procedures GA committees do except for the speaker’s list. Because of the smaller number of delegates and the quick response needed for crises, the committee will always be in a perpetual moderated caucus, but will require delegates to set the times and topics. Unmoderated caucuses are rarer and typically only used to finalize directives.

How do I use my portfolio powers?

  • Send a note to “crisis” stating what you’d like to do – make sure it’s realistic and fits within the scheme/topic of your committee!
  • Make sure the note is detailed enough that the crisis staff knows what you want to do and why.
  • Crisis will respond to your note describing how your action did – or did not – play out.
  • Personal crisis notes can be covert – not the entire committee has to know what you’re doing!
  • Not all personal crises will be enacted – crisis staff typically has a general plan for how the committee will go.
  • Be creative – think of how you can respond to crises, other delegates, or actions of the committee.