Bulletin / Once COVID-19 is...

Once COVID-19 is over, should we have a written pandemic plan? – A debate

Author: Charlie Maclean-Bristol, Training Director, FBCI, FEPS

Should you have a pandemic plan in place? Join the debate.

There is an old adage that "armies prepare to fight their last war, rather than their next war" so after COVID-19, should we have a ‘fully loaded’ pandemic plan, detailing how to respond and including all we have learnt from this pandemic? Knowing that pandemics come around every 20 years or so, the last one being bird flu in 2009, should we have a plan? As there will be another in the not-so-distant future. On the other hand, should we decide that even if another pandemic occurs it will be in a different form, the government may respond in a different way and so our plans, like many of the existing plans before this present pandemic, will not be fit for purpose and we will have to respond without having a plan in place.

I would be interested to hear your thoughts. If you would like join this debate, could you comment on the thread on my LinkedIn here.

You might be interested in the following stories

2021 - We must keep 'match fit' and warmed up

Top 10 Bulletins of 2020

The future of business continuity, post COVID-19

You may be interested in the following course

CBCI Certification Course (Good Practice Guidelines) course

Sign-up to our weekly bulletin

Twitter feed

The changing face of journalism and how it should be reflected in our plans

This week Charlie shares his thoughts on the evolution of journalism and how crisis communication plans should be adapted to keep up with the changes.

26 February 2021

“The tutor James [McAlister] was excellent, providing extra slides to further explain the content and also providing mock questions every evening which really helped.”

Hannah Brookman
View further testimonials