A pandemic is the worldwide spread of a contagious disease.
The World Health Organization has confirmed coronavirus cases in 23 countries.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports there are 36 states with People Under Investigation for the virus.
It’s tempting to think, “SARS was nothing to us. Coronavirus isn’t a threat either.”
However, you do have to worry about/respond to your directors, customers, employees and local government who are worried about it.
Consider the impact to your employee safety, business continuity and productivity if:
- Employees need to travel to a state or country where the virus is spreading
- A business you depend on closes for an unknown number of weeks, or
- Your local Director of Public Health shuts down all schools for a month, like Hong Kong just did.
When you prepare for a pandemic, you have a plan for coronavirus, SARS, influenza and the next deadly contagion.
The quick and easy way to test if you’re prepared is to conduct a Pandemic Tabletop Exercise.
If you think your existing plans are workable, then this exercise will confirm you’re prepared.
If your existing plans do not adequately address a pandemic, then this exercise will help you uncover what needs to be done.
What does a Pandemic Tabletop Exercise include?
- We plan the exercise (without any “Gotcha!”s, only “Let’s see what’s missing”)
- You assemble your decision makers
- We facilitate the exercise (a half day)
- We write the After-Action Report, including recommendations for amending your plan
- You incorporate the amendments in your plan
- You’re now prepared for any pandemic
Good leaders protect their people as well as their organization. Call us at 203.563.9999 to see how we can make sure you’re prepared for a pandemic right now.