Importance of physical security and employee safety highlighted in BCI’s Emergency Communications Report

Preserving physical security and the safety of employees are the greatest concerns for business continuity and resilience professionals, and especially so when it comes to producing emergency communications plans. This is one of the key findings that has emerged from the latest Emergency Communications Report published by the Business Continuity Institute (BCI), which shows that one third (34%) of the countries visited by employees are considered to be ‘high risk’ for safety-related concerns.

Supported by Everbridge, the Emergency Communications Report does deliver the encouraging news that the use of emergency communications plans has risen from 84% to 86% in the past 12 months. Over a third of those without emergency communications plans stated that these processes are also not included in their business continuity plans. Worryingly, the lack of top management support this year is considered to be another significant issue, rising by 12% from 2016.

Further findings from the report include the following:

*Organisations are increasingly concerned about communicating with a mobile workforce 40% of those questioned reported having more than 100 members of staff who travel overseas. 34% consider the countries to which their staff travel to be high risk areas

*The human factor remains pivotal to the success of emergency communications plans Building skills and raising awareness of emergency communications are central in implementing effective plans during a disruption. 75% of respondents include emergency communications plans in their training and education plans

*Business continuity professionals have a central role to play in managing emergency communications, but they need to collaborate with other resilience disciplines

Gianluca Riglietti CBCI, research and insights manager at the BCI and author of the new report, commented: “This year, the BCI’s Emergency Communications Report highlights how the issue of physical security is on the rise. The number of organisations adopting specific arrangements related to physical security is increasing, possibly due to events such as extreme weather episodes or terrorist attacks. It’s important that professionals from different disciplines work together to ensure that today’s organisations are made more resilient.”

Imad Mouline, CTO at Everbridge, added: “This year’s Emergency Communications Report gives practitioners actionable takeaways to improve critical event preparedness. The results show key improvements, but there remain gaps in planning which must continue to be addressed. Areas where gaps need to be addressed include the time being taken to execute plans, and also the lack of support from top management. It’s vital that organisations consider the findings and act appropriately to improve their comprehensive approach towards critical event management.”

*Download the BCI’s Emergency Communications Report

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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