Just as the COVID-19 pandemic continues so must the emergency preparedness efforts of public and private sector organizations nationwide. 

Consider this. The Atlantic Hurricane Season is well underway with Isiasis recently barreling through (and hurricane season doesn’t end until November 1st); the drought/wildfire outlook is now considered significant by the National Interagency Fire Center; and of course, there’s a lot of talk in the medical/public health community about a second wave of coronavirus. 

Further, the annual flu season is just around the corner, which, according to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), is responsible for 200 million days of diminished productivity and 75 million days of work absences. 

As bleak as it sounds, situations such as these are all the more reason to ensure your organization is fully prepared for whatever may come its way. That means having a comprehensive, current, and actionable Continuity of Operations/Government (COOP/COG) plan and Emergency Operations Plan (EOP). It also means having the proper mitigation measures in place to reduce the risk of damage to life and property. 

Chances are your organization has learned a lot more about emergency preparedness since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. We all have. And, we’re continuing to learn more every day. 

The challenge is to apply that knowledge to your organization’s COOP/COG or EOP at a time when resources may be limited and staff may be working remotely. Fortunately, by using online tools such as videoconferencing, planning and preparedness don