In the aftermath of crisis and tragedy, it is natural to ask what could have been done better to protect employees. And it’s a question that deserves to attention at the highest levels of management. But a more important question asks what we can do now to prevent or lessen the damage inflicted during the next crisis event?
With active shooter tragedies from San Bernardino to Paris in recent memory, as well as natural and cyber disasters across the globe, many business leaders realize that comprehensive emergency planning is becoming more than a stand-by operation but a pressing 2016 strategic priority.
At BlackBerry’s AtHoc, our mission is to make the world safer for organizations and their people. As the leader in networked crisis communication, AtHoc is used worldwide for every type of emergency. We help safeguard millions of people and thousands of organizations – including the vast majority of US civilian and military federal government personnel, global corporations, industrial giants, healthcare institutions and universities.
So we asked ourselves, “How can we do more to equip people with the information they need in times of crisis?”
Helping the C-Suite Plan for Emergency
Over the coming weeks, we will publish an ongoing content series designed to address Emergency Preparedness & Planning. Our intention is to help organizations looking for proactive ways to improve their employee safety capabilities in times of crisis. Using industry best practices gained from our unparalleled experience, our experts will be providing insightful and practical guidelines for planning, training and exercising emergency situations across the spectrum of man-made and natural disasters. This information will be useful for any executive for whom employee safety is a responsibility and concern. No environment is zero-risk, and we all share the desire to take proactive measures when it comes to the safety of our employees.
As leaders of organizations, business continuity is our responsibility and we need to be prepared to address business disruptions of all types, from supply chain management issues to cybersecurity breaches. There is no greater responsibility we have though, than the safety of our people. An employee-focused business continuity plan means not only having the right plans in place to ensure employee safety for unforeseen events, but also having the ability to immediately communicate with employees to ensure that those plans are being executed. Our employees deserve every single resource we have to offer in times of emergency – it’s our duty.
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