Communications in a pandemic crisis
What is Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.Source: World Health Organisation
As the situation with COVID-19 continues to develop across the globe, all businesses have activated their existing business continuity plans or developed contingency plans to respond to the pandemic. The burden for such planning is over the Crisis Management Teams at the moment as they navigate their organisation in such a difficult time. What should be the top priorities for CMT?
Below are 5 critical tasks which are part of aPandemic Response Plan to be addressed by Pandemic CMTs:
The 5 critical tasks in every Pandemic CMT agenda
Pro-active communication is one of the most critical aspects of responding effectively to a crisis such as this pandemic. Here are some useful tips from our Crisis Communications expert, Anna Averkiou.
The measures adopted by the Governments across the Globe to fight the spread of COVID-19 are forcing the majority of organisations to establish contingency plans for remote work (teleworking) while the pandemic is in progress. Employees are suddenly required to continue their work in a completely different environment that requires remote connections and teleconferences in most cases. The challenge for organisations is to continue their operations and at the same time maintain the same level of security as previously. CLICK HERE to find out to our 10 useful steps for those who process personal data and other sensitive information from home.
Teleworking Security Advice
Cyprus COVID- 19 information portal
Ministry of Health Greece
World Health Organisation
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
Information on Cyber threats related to COVID-19
News feed on pandemic
As Coronavirus (Covid-19) has now been declared a pandemic, many companies are facing difficult operational challenges and are required to make some urgent decisions in order to keep their employees safe and deploy contingency plans in relation to this unprecedented pandemic crisis.
A pandemic plan goes beyond a traditional disaster recovery plan. We can guide you through an effective pandemic response strategy and simple tactics to enable your business to carry on.
Below are some useful links to updated and reliable information