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In the Wake of the Paris Attacks, the Need for Business Preparedness Plans Has Never Been Clearer

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A coordinated terrorist attack took place in Paris on November 13th, involving three explosions, gunman shootings at several restaurants, a shooting and hostage situation at a crowded concert hall, as well as a suspected suicide bombing outside of the Stade de France soccer stadium - whilst the French President was in attendance. At the time of writing it is known that at least 127 people have been killed and over 200 are injured.

Many of the details surrounding the attack remain murky, but as France, and indeed the wider world, come to terms with the attack, the need for businesses to have business continuity and an emergency response plan have never been clearer.

Here are some ways to help ensure your safety when traveling through areas on high alert.

  • Consider delaying all non-essential activity as security checks will likely be increased and avoid the affected areas until the situation normalizes.
  • Individuals should monitor local media for related developments.
  • Government buildings and tourist destinations should be avoided as a basic security precaution.
  • Those near the anticipated ongoing security operations should remain indoors and comply with all directives from authorized personnel.
  • Reconfirm business appointments if traveling to the area and exercise telecommute options if available.
  • Avoid large public events until it becomes clear that no further attacks or retaliation are imminent.
  • Confirm all travel plans and transportation availability by contacting the airlines directly.
  • Allow extra time to clear security at airports, railway stations, and border crossings.
  • Carry proper identification and travel documents at all times.
  • Follow the instructions of authorities; remain calm and cooperative if stopped and questioned by law enforcement officers at security checkpoints.

What to do if you find yourself in the midst of a terrorist attack:

  • If there is an incident near you, move as far away as possible from the event, keeping your head low and pay attention to responder instructions.
  • If there is an incident near your location, stay away from the windows.
  • Keep in mind additional incidents may still occur. Seek shelter in an interior room.
  • If shooting starts near you, drop to the floor or get down as low as possible and try to shield yourself behind or under a solid object.
  • Follow all instructions and orders from rescuers.

Although security services and government authorities are doing all that they can to control this threat and prevent something similar from occurring, it always pays to be ever diligent and to plan ahead. Your organization should be ready to protect soft targets and address any future threats, such as mass shootings, with a solid disaster plan that can be used in a variety of changing situations - events that would otherwise catch your business off-guard, disrupt your operations and risk lives.

HUB risk managers are ready to work with you to build - or review - your disaster preparedness plan so that your workforce operations remain undisrupted by any event, and most importantly, that your employees are kept safe.