As the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa spreads, organizations across the world have a grim reminder that pandemic preparedness and response should be a priority in their emergency planning.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has called it a “modern-day plague,” and is urging health providers to step up their efforts to control and combat the outbreak, particularly in Liberia, which could see thousands more cases. As of this writing, the current death toll stands at 2,288. You can learn more about WHO’s response roadmap here, which explains its plans to stop Ebola transmission in affected countries within six to nine months, and prevent international spread.
“The West African Ebola outbreak is cause for global concern,” says DRI Executive Director Chloe Demrovsky. “It is a good time to make sure that your business continuity plans include comprehensive pandemic preparedness so that your organization and personnel are prepared for this and other threats.”
DRI offers an online educational program on developing a business continuity plan in the face of a pandemic. Log into your MyDRI account and learn more about it at: www.drii.org/education/trainings.php