In today’s global world, systems are more interconnected than ever. It stands to reason then, if a pandemic strikes in one part of the world, the opportunities for it to spread are that much greater.
As part of Canada’s business community, we feel that it is important to have a pandemic preparedness plan in place. It will be peace of mind for your business now and for any future situations. It’s a good rule of thumb to have a crisis plan in place and pandemic preparedness can become part of your overall crisis plan. You never know when a crisis will hit – think of forest fires, floods and flus – all in one plan. Prepare now.
To help you to stay alert on what is happening in your region, we’ve gathered some information sites from across the country that you can bookmark for this specific moment in time.
We have created templates for your use: Crisis Communications Plan and a Business Continuity & Recovery Plan. We have also gathered other resources that you may find useful to help get you on your way.
Novel Coronavirus - Specific Information
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Creating a Crisis Plan
The Canadian Chamber has created templates for your use as you set up your own preparedness: Crisis Communications Plan and a Business Continuity & Recovery Plan.
In Ontario, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services has a business pandemic preparedness checklist available.
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety has created a business continuity guide, which includes things to think about in light of a pandemic or other crisis situations.
A few years ago, Calgary’s downtown flooded. The Calgary Chamber was in the frey of this crisis. Out of bad comes good, and the chamber created an award-winning emergency preparedness kit.
As the chamber says on their website: “Disasters big and small happen without warning, and being unable to provide your products and services to your customers can seriously hurt your business reputation. Having a plan in place before a disruption can make for a more effective response and faster recovery.”
The Centre for Disease Control in the U.S. created a checklist in 2005 for pandemics; it is still useful.
The World Health Organization is a great source for global health crises and you may want to bookmark their website for this particular situation and future ones as well.
WHO’s travel advice related to Novel Coronavirus.
Centre canadien d’hygiène et de securité au travail.