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The recent situation with Iran brings again to mind the need to be aware of the potential for terrorism, both from overseas and from US actors who have been radicalized. While many of us have kept the possibility of terrorism in our sights, many others have become lax in their risk assessment and planning for the effects of terrorism. We hope these articles will help you refocus on this threat.
Three Keys to Handling Risk for your Next Meeting/Event
For every event or meeting, you have a plan. In fact, you may have several plans - fire safety plans, evacuation plans, and other types of emergency procedures in place. You also may have plans to deal with threats and acts of terrorism. You've carefully identified, evaluated and planned for the most likely risks. But, as much as you have a comprehensive, integrated plan in place to protect people and property, there always are things you can't even anticipate, never mind plan for. This doesn't mean they won't happen. In the immortal words of Murphy, anything that can go wrong will. So, even when you've identified all the known risks, there still may be surprises.
Communications & Business Continuity
Communication is a critical component of planning for business continuity. Whether it's a crisis response team communicating among themselves or communicating to the public, communication is an area that should be considered in your business continuity plan. All too often, however, not enough time and attention is devoted to this area. In these articles, we are providing some information about this critical aspect of business continuity.
Along with your employees, your good reputation is your most important asset. What are you doing to protect it and maintain its value? If you're not doing enough, you could be in danger of losing or having a tarnished reputation from which you may never recover. Look at these articles for some things you could be doing right now to maintain or improve your reputation.
Crisis Planning for Meetings & Events
As meeting & event planners, you are constantly planning for everything, but we hope you don't forget to plan for unexpected disturbances and crises. Especially in this day and age, we all need to have plans and strategies for dealing with terrorists, active shooters, strikes, and other disruptions. These articles may help you develop those emergency and crisis plans.
Fire Preparedness and Prevention
October is fire prevention month, so we need to start thinking about what steps we need to take both to prevent and prepare to respond to fires. You probably do occasional fire drills but do you to any training for employees on how to prevent or escape from a fire? Is there some sort of annual review of the office to identify fire hazards? If not, some of these articles should be helpful to you.
Business Continuity Planning -- Whether It's Weather-Related or Not
Business continuity planning requires knowledge of all the risks you could encounter, especially -- at this time of year -- hurricanes. These articles can help you better prepare to be able to mitigate the risks and recover from weather-related and other disasters.
Are You Prepared for an Active Shooter Event?
An active shooter in your workplace? It may never happen, but you just can't be sure. For this reason, you need to be sure that you and your employees know what to do in the event such an event occurs. The articles below can provide some help as will the DHS video in #6. May you never need to put any of these actions to use.