Would you skydive without a parachute? Then you likely wouldn’t run your business without a comprehensive way to manage critical events.
That’s especially true now, when we’re witnessing an alarming rise in emergencies globally, including a 400% increase in cyberattacks this year, growing right-wing terrorism, a pandemic that’s claimed over one million lives, and nearly twice as many natural disasters in the first 20 years of this century as in the previous two decades.
In spite of this and other dangers, a recent survey by Mercer found that half of respondents have no business continuity plan in place. With looming threats of extreme weather, virus outbreaks, domestic terrorism and natural disaster, it’s clear that the next emergency is always around the corner, whether you’re prepared for it or not.
But how do you get to a state of preparedness? And how do you know if your strategy is up to par? The answers aren’t always easy or straightforward.
The good news is that we’ve created a free new resource to help you manage critical events in an unpredictable world.
Actionable Insights From the Experts
Introducing our brand-new podcast, Ready for Anything, brought to you by BlackBerry® AtHoc® powered by AWS. In under 30 minutes, we connect you with brilliant thought leaders and seasoned experts from around the globe who’ve managed every kind of critical event you can imagine, from COVID-19 outbreaks to Taliban attacks.
We’ve packed these insights into a convenient podcast format so you can quickly tap into big ideas at any point during your busy week. Tune in while you’re driving or cooking dinner for an informative half-hour focused on everything you need to know about public safety, risk management, crisis communications, technology and business continuity for a tumultuous world.
If you’re responsible for keeping the public safe, your employees in the know and business operations running, you won’t want to miss this.
Explore Timely Issues in Business Continuity Planning
In each episode, we’ll take a deep dive into the issues that matter most when the stakes are high and being prepared is everything. Our expert guests answer top-of-mind questions that can help you plan for multiple scenarios, evaluate the strength of your organization’s strategy, and equip you with the right tools to execute a nimble response.
In our first episode—available now—we talk to Magda Sulzycki, who funneled over 13 years of expertise in business continuity management into the creation of a startup that connects small businesses and non-profits with free business continuity planning help. In the context of recent mishaps like the false alerts warning of an incoming missile attack in Hawaii, she weighs in on the challenges government agencies face in delivering emergency communications to the public.
In the second half of the show, we talk to specialist Mike Akpata, who served in Afghanistan, spent 21 years in policing, and now represents his community as a city Councillor. Having seen critical events from every angle, Mike adds his expertise to the conversation as we discuss how best to use technology for public alerting and collaboration in emergencies.
In upcoming episodes, we’ll help you plan your employee communications around safety, health and business continuity as you prepare for the next phase of work, whether that’s fully remote, heading back to physical offices, or a hybrid scenario. And we’ll explore safety and security best practices when it comes to enabling networked communications and collaboration between the government and outside organizations.
Listen to the first episode and subscribe today to get notifications when future episodes are released.
Partners in Resilient Critical Events Management
We’re proud to partner with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to deliver this in-depth resource, designed for anyone who’s concerned about keeping people safe through times of uncertainty.
As the leading provider of cloud infrastructure that customers can be confident in during crisis, AWS is the perfect partner to host our cloud-based critical events management platform, BlackBerry AtHoc. With regional data centers around the world, AWS makes BlackBerry AtHoc available and accessible to all our customers whenever it’s needed.
Get Ready for Anything
When it comes to pulling off an effective response to critical events, there’s a lot you need to know. Beyond having a plan, you need to execute it with secure communications tools, a knowledgeable team, a strategy that accounts for all possible outcomes, and the ability to adapt in real-time as events unfold. And that’s just the beginning.
If you know your organization’s emergency parachute contains a few dangerous holes, there’s never been a better time to address them. Listen and subscribe to Ready for Anything on Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.