Throughout recorded history, humanity has faced numerous infectious outbreaks of global proportions. Some of the most well known outbreaks include the Black Death, SARS, Influenza variations, and most recently the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Merriam-Webster defines a pandemic as an outbreak of a disease that occurs over a wide geographic area and affects an exceptionally high proportion of the population. Pandemics have the potential to not only affect a population's health, but also impact local, national, and global economies.
One of the primary methods of preventing the spread of infectious diseases in your region is to eliminate as much human to human contact as possible until the outbreak is contained. As infection rates in an area rise, more individuals will avoid contact with others out of caution, and in severe cases governments will step in and mandate travel restrictions. What does this mean for organizations operating during a pandemic outbreak? All organizations need to establish a business continuity plan that accounts for such scenarios with the following considerations:
Pandemic planning is just one part of the ongoing, cyclical business continuity planning and management process of identifying an organization's risk of exposure to internal and external threats. The goal is to provide the organization with the ability to effectively respond to threats such as global infectious disease outbreaks if and when they might occur, and protect the business interests of the organization. Compass IT Compliance is well-versed in business continuity planning and management, spending the past decade crafting and improving the pandemic plans of organizations in a wide range of industries. Contact us today to learn more and discuss your pandemic planning needs!
Additional resources to assist with questions you may have regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19):