CRJ 15:3 - on its way!
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Covid-19: What went wrong?
We need to learn from failure harder and faster than ever before, write Emily Hough and Andy Towler in this introduction to an ongoing debate aimed at working out the best way forward globally, nationally and individually. But this conversation involves asking uncomfortable questions and brutal honesty
Where next for UK emergency planning?
“In the shadow of Covid-19, emergency planners deserve the thanks of the nation. The system they work within needs scrapping,” says Phil Trendall, as he continues CRJ’s focus on the Covid-19 response
Putting the customer at the heart of response
The Covid-19 pandemic has made more visible something that has been bubbling below the surface for some time: the need to orient future strategies in a much more human-centred mindset and design, according to David Wales
Leaders, crisis management and Covid-19
Leaders and their advisors can make effective decisions and implement them when they are literally facing life-and-death dilemmas. Herman B ‘Dutch’ Leonard, Arnold M Howitt and David W Giles provide some detailed advice
Crisis communications during Covid-19
Drawing upon the ‘Stockdale Paradox’, Herman B ‘Dutch’ Leonard, Arnold M Howitt and David W Giles describe a few simple frameworks that can help leaders to formulate their messages, particularly in times of crisis
Time for a new kind of hero
The world is becoming one where the threats outstrip our collective ability to respond effectively, according to Eric McNulty. Communities need to start solving crises before they happen, because response alone is not the answer to the multiplicity of threats in our current and future environment. Here, McNulty interviews best-selling author Dan Heath about his latest book, Upstream: The quest to solve problems before they happen
Coming together to respond to Covid-19
Researchers have been examining the civil contingency response to Covid-19 in the UK. Click here and here to read their blogs
Time to take the asteroid threat seriously
Debbie Lewis argues that politicians and policymakers should recognise that preparing and planning for the effects of the Near Earth Object impact hazard are serious science, and warns that smaller asteroids are much more dangerous than they were previously considered to be
Counting the cost of waste
We are delighted to welcome back our Pakistan correspondent, Luavut Zahid, with this article that describes how Karachi’s recent flooding – which killed more than two dozen people – is being exacerbated by a massive garbage problem
Dealing with cyber challenges and Covid-19
Many organisations not involved in the health or care sectors have fallen into the trap of concentrating their management response so much on Covid-19 that other serious threats and risks have been largely ignored. One of these is clearly the whole issue of cyber security and data protection, according to Lydon Bird, who says that the conventional approach to risk management – including identification, analysis and treatment of individual risks has been shown to have its limitations
The cybersecurity crisis on the horizon
While some organisations were woefully underprepared for cyberattacks as the Covid-19 pandemic took hold, it is not too late for them to make an action plan, advises Keyaan Williams
Confronting the cyber storm
The world is at a noteworthy inflection point regarding national cyber defence, largely because of the evolving nature of conflict in – and through – the virtual domain. Ronald Banks advocates a whole-of-nations approach to cybersecurity, particularly when it comes to attacks on critical infrastructure
Cybersecurity and industrial espionage
New CRJ Key Network Partner Mike O’Neill, Managing Director of Optimal Risk Group, a CRJ Key Network Partner, says that the pandemic has forced many companies to adopt technology advancements and new ways of working more quickly than anticipated. Yet they are still failing to treat this technology with the right levels of security
How relevant is cyber resilience to environmental, social and governance?
With the global pandemic continuing to rage, malign cyber actors – sensing a world of opportunity in the chaos – are deploying their weapons in an even more amplified and depraved way than before, writes Andrea Bonime-Blanc
Leading a cyber incident response team
Jelle Groenendaal and Ira Helsloot present a model of cyber incident command that aims to support leaders by providing practical and applicable insights into decision-making under challenging conditions
Locked at home, people have spent more time on the Internet, discovering new sources of information. In a sense, says Dr Ian Pearson, they have built extensions on their bubbles; the same architectural style, just with more space to move in. What does this bode for the future?
Is society teetering on the brink?
When attending a webinar hosted by CRJ Partner, the Emergency Planning Society, Claire Sanders listened to Professor Donald Kettl. Here, she summarises his thoughts and comments on the extent of the fragility in communities as the global pandemic continues to take its toll
How online activity during the pandemic is fuelling crime, terror and vigilantism
Radicalisation, domestic and international terrorism, polarising ideologies, groupthink, memetic warfare, vigilantism – the Internet is a tool for violent groups, says Jennifer Hesterman. Responders must stay engaged with these trends, and ready themselves for more unpredictable times
Protests, riots and civil disorder – causes, symptoms and solutions
The long-term effects of Covid-19, growing wealth inequality, deteriorating labour conditions in developed countries and increasing alienation within political systems all provide fertile ground for demonstrations and civil unrest, warns Lina Kolesnikova. How can communities, governments, law enforcement and businesses work together for safety and sustainability?
Covid-19 and travel
Dancing in and with the Covid-19 crisis
The tourism sector is one of those to be most seriously affected by Covid-19. I Hakan Yilmaz describes how a chain of resort and city hotels in Turkey responded with a focus on flexibility, proactiveness, strong leadership, remote working and change management
Aviation sector’s wings clipped by Covid-19
Andy Blackwell examines the effects of the pandemic on the global aviation industry and reviews the global response, identifying potential challenges and opportunities going forward
The gateway to traveller confidence
The roadmap for getting the travel industry back on track is unclear and undefined, with companies being cautious about international travel. This doesn’t have to be a difficult or onerous process, but it will require buy-in from all those involved, especially the travellers themselves, reports Lloyd Figgins
Redefining the performance of emergency responders
Major Leon Yip describes how the Singapore Civil Defence Force has invested heavily in innovative science and technology. The aim is to provide holistic and effective measures in order to improve responder performance
Mental wellbeing in frontline emergency responders
Fire, rescue and civil defence personnel are exposed to dangerous work conditions and stressors, which can lead to sleep disturbances, fatigue and detrimental psychological effects. Khoo Swee Giang, Cyrus Chng and Ng Song Lim review the Singapore Civil Defence Force’s successful peer support system to improve wellbeing
INSARAG Guidelines –fit for purpose
The International Search and Rescue Advisory Group has reviewed its guidelines for dealing with the sudden onset of events involving large scale structural collapses. Here, Anwar Abdullah outlines the group’s strategy
Creative crisis problem solving
Desiree Matel-Anderson says that innovation is needed for dealing with crises and recurring extreme events, especially when looking to the future, as shown in a deadly tornado incident in Alabama, USA
Connecting the dots with drone mapping
In the rapidly evolving landscape of drone technology, it is important for businesses, humanitarian organisations and emergency services to be able to keep ahead of the curve. This is where drone mapping and photogrammetry software from CRJ Key Network Partner Pix4D comes in
Pioneering public safety drones in Croatia
Charles Werner reflects on the expanding horizons of drones for public safety, highlighting how one professional firefighter in Croatia has created a pilot project for fire and rescue
Countering the use of drones for terrorism
Tackling contemporary terrorism requires a proactive stance, as an increasing number of threats have emerged from the use of commercially available drones. A new EU-based project aims to provide protective measures for first responders to help counter the threats, reports Andrew Staniforth
Empowerment through education
Model, philanthropist and founder of the grassroots non-profit organisation Malaika, Noella Coursaris is living proof that empowerment and success are achievable through education. She tells her story to Claire Sanders
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