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CMI survey reveals lack of pandemic planning despite managers rating pandemic as 2nd largest risk
CMI business continuity management survey reveals that despite the fact that business managers consider pandemic influenza to be one the most serious risks to business, few are carrying out adequate pandemic planning
By: Isobel Nicholas
The last global pandemic occurred in 1968 and was the third global influenza pandemic of the twentieth century. Due to the cyclic nature of pandemic influenza, the World Health Authority believes that the world is now closer to another influenza pandemic than at any time since the last epidemic. On the WHO scale of pandemic threat phases, with 6 indicating a full pandemic epidemic, the world is currently at phase 3. This indicates that a new influenza virus subtype is already causing the disease in humans, but not yet with the efficient and sustained transmission seen at phase 6. "Both WHO and other medical experts believe it is simply a matter of time before phase 6 is declared," commented Isobel Nicholas, director of Steelhenge Consulting Ltd, "hence the pertinence of the CMI findings."
In the face of inevitability, Isobel was asked what businesses can do to mitigate the effects of a global pandemic. "Planning is everything,"
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Steelhenge Consulting provides end to end business continuity, crisis management and emergency planning services to a broad range of corporate clients internationally, as well as to UK Government Departments, local authorities, the European Commission and NGOs. Steelhenge also delivers specialist services in energy resilience, & utility resilience and pandemic planning. Steelhenge has particular expertise in the preparation of people to perform effectively in implementing business continuity plans, and crisis plans and in communicating both internally and externally with stakeholders during crisis.
Established in 2004, with offices in London and Salisbury, Steelhenge is the UK's leader in the delivery of bespoke training and exercises for staff at all levels from the strategic through the tactical to the operational. Steelhenge's consultants have been recruited from a broad range of sectors in order to create a depth of expertise across the resilience landscape.