The National Preparedness Commission has published its Independent Review of the 2004 Civil Contingencies Act and its supporting arrangements. The Review was prepared by a team of experts in the field, led by Bruce Mann, former Director of the Civil Contingencies Secretariat, and is based on over 300 interviews with people on the front line of emergency response. It makes 117 recommendations and concludes that the Government must learn lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic and other emergencies over the last two decades if UK resilience arrangements are to be made fit for the future.
Thanks to Chloe Demrovsky, President & CEO of DRI International (Disaster Recovery Institute), whose Institute was involved in joint research with Harvard University National Preparedness Leadership Initiative (NPLI), featured in strategy+business today in an article by Eric McNulty.
The UK's cyber-authorities are also supporting the White House's calls for "increased cyber-security precautions", though neither has given any evidence that Russia is planning a cyber-attack. Russia has previously stated that such accusations are "Russophobic". However, Russia is a cyber-superpower with a serious arsenal of cyber-tools, and hackers capable of disruptive and potentially destructive cyber-attacks.
Nik Gowing, Founder and Co-Author, Thinking the Unthinkable believes we are entering even darker times. So we need to prepare ourselves. So must leaders, governments, public servants and corporates. We must change behaviour and mindsets. The unthinkable is happening. Tragically we must all assume that nothing we take for granted in our lives is secure, including our safety and security. Functioning wi-fi and broadband? ATM machines? Mobile phone networks? The staple needs that lubricate our lives could suddenly no longer be there. Public morale would crash immediately. What then?
Dr Pescaroli is a global expert in risk management, and more specifically - in how businesses and other organisations can best plan for, and cope with, the impact of a crisis. A lecturer in business continuity and organisational resilience at University College London's Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction, Dr Pescaroli says coronavirus sadly revealed that far too many firms didn't have a plan B - they had no contingency in place for how they would best deal with such an event.
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