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Business Continuity and the Pandemic Threat

Business Continuity and the Pandemic Threat

SKU: 4759
Format: Softcover
ISBN13: 9781849288194
Pages: 298
Published: 07 Jun 2016
Availability: In Stock
Format: Adobe eBook
ISBN13: 9781849288200
Pages: 275
Published: 07 Jun 2016
Availability: Available
Format: Adobe ePub
ISBN13: 9781849288217
Pages: 275
Published: 07 Jun 2016
Availability: Available

Pandemics are by their nature widespread, indiscriminate, and impossible to prevent. How would your business fare if most of your workforce were incapacitated by an unexpected incident?

Business Continuity and the Pandemic Threat considers the corporate impact of pandemics and shows how best to prepare for and mitigate their effects.

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Considering the pandemic threat in a business continuity context

The increase in commercial aviation and international travel means that pandemics now spread faster than ever before. Seasonal flu pandemics, zoonotic contagions such as Ebola, swine flu, and avian flu (e.g. H5N1 and H7N9), and respiratory syndromes such as SARS and MERS have affected millions worldwide. Add the ever-present threat of terrorism and biological warfare and the possibility of large proportions of your workforce being incapacitated is a lot stronger than you might think.

You may well have prepared for limited business interruptions, but how would your business fare if 50% or more of your employees, including those you rely on to execute your business continuity plan, were afflicted by illness—or worse?

Although nothing can be done to prevent pandemics, their impact can be significantly mitigated. Business Continuity and the Pandemic Threat explains how.

Product overview

The book is divided into two parts, which examine the pandemic threat and explain how businesses can address it:

  • Part I: Understanding the Threat

    The first, shorter part provides the reader with a detailed overview of the challenge that pandemic threats can present. It uses historical examples (such as the 1918–19 Spanish Flu outbreak, which killed 50 million people) to illustrate how pandemics can have devastating effects on not only the global population but also on critical infrastructure, the global economy, and society.

  • Part II: Preparing for the Inevitable

    The second part of the book considers the actions that can be taken at a global, national, corporate,  and individual level to mitigate the risk and limit the damage of pandemic incidents. It provides guidance on creating and validating a pandemic plan and explains how it integrates with a business continuity plan. Comprehensive case studies are provided throughout.

Topics covered

Topics covered include:

  • The World Health Organisation's (WHO) pandemic phases and the Centre for Disease Control's (CDC) Pandemic Severity Index
  • Preventive control measures
  • Crisis management and the composition of a crisis management team
  • Dealing with cash-flow, staff absenteeism, home working, and supply chain management
  • Communications and media plans
  • Pandemic issues for HR
  • The threat to critical national infrastructure
  • Health service contingency plans and first responders' business continuity plans
  • The provision of vaccines and antiviral medicines, including relevant ethical issues

About the Author

A Fellow of the Institute of Business Continuity Management and Member of the Business Continuity Institute, Robert A. Clark is also a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Member of the Security Institute. His career includes 15 years with IBM and 11 years with Fujitsu Services working with clients on BCM related assignments. He is now a freelance business continuity consultant at

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