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Crisis Response Journal (Volume 8, issue 2) 

Crisis Response Journal

In the next issue of Crisis Response Journal (Volume 8, issue 2 - published this week) Emily Hough examines how reliance on now-common technology could well have created even greater vulnerability in a crisis

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From the frontline 

Crisis Response Journal

Editorial Advisory Panel Member, Alvaro Pemartin, works as a Remote Site Officer for International SOS - a challenging, yet immensely rewarding role. By Alvaro Pemartin

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Survival First Aid Training in Estonia 

Crisis Response Journal

Christo Motz looks at a recent course organised by the Estonia Defence League, which aims to teach participants how to achieve self-sufficiency in times of crisis. By Christo Motz

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The strategic void 

Crisis Response Journal

The cover story on this issue of Crisis Response Journal is an interview with Philippe Baumard who sounds a global warning that strategic governance is losing touch with reality, that command has become a matter of: "Mastering the figures, not the facts; By Philippe Baumard

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Brigadier General Alois A Hirschmugl joins CRJ's Advisory Panel 

Crisis Response Journal

A warm welcome to BrigGen Mag D Alois A Hirschmugl, who has agreed to sit on Crisis Response Journal's Editorial Advisory Panel. Mr Hirschmugl is currently Humanitarian Affairs Advisor to the Austrian Chief of Defence Staff, with more than 30 years of mi By BrigGen Mag D Alois A Hirschmugl

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Attacks on health carers in danger zones 

Crisis Response Journal

Hospitals, ambulances and healthcare workers are coming under increasing attack as they tend to the sick and wounded in areas of armed conflict and violence. Dr Robin Coupland, advisor on armed violence for the International Committee of the Red Cross in

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Urban survival training in Estonia 

Crisis Response Journal

For several years, Christo Motz has been organising pilot projects on urban survival for citizens and policymakers with the fire service and the Ministry of Security and Justice in the Netherlands. More recently, he took part in an urban survival training By Christo Motz

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Horizon Scanning

Plan B Consulting

These perhaps are business issues rather than business continuity issues but an increase in the price of fuel could lead to rioting or fuel protests such as the ones which took place in UK in 2000 and 2012.

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Horizon Scanning

Plan B Consulting

These perhaps are business issues rather than business continuity issues but an increase in the price of fuel could lead to rioting or fuel protests such as the ones which took place in UK in 2000 and 2012.

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There’s A Riot Going On…

Plan B Consulting

The public courses are available from the 20 th of November 2012 and the 12 th of February 2013 and the training is available as in house courses as well. Last week there were riots in many Islamic counties targeting American institutions and organisations seen to be American.

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There’s A Riot Going On…

Plan B Consulting

The public courses are available from the 20 th of November 2012 and the 12 th of February 2013 and the training is available as in house courses as well. Last week there were riots in many Islamic counties targeting American institutions and organisations seen to be American.

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Is losing a manager a business continuity issue?

Plan B Consulting

The situation has been compounded by the Euro 2012 tournament which is taking place in June so this will disrupt the England’s team preparation for it. As most of us have probably heard the England Manager Fabio Capello resigned at the end of last week.

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Is losing a manager a business continuity issue?

Plan B Consulting

The situation has been compounded by the Euro 2012 tournament which is taking place in June so this will disrupt the England’s team preparation for it. As most of us have probably heard the England Manager Fabio Capello resigned at the end of last week.

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Ceramic Tiles and Stainless Steel Kitchens!

Plan B Consulting

This will be the last formal blog of the year! The news item which caught my eye at lunchtime on Thursday is the ongoing flooding causing so much disruption to various parts of the UK.

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Ceramic Tiles and Stainless Steel Kitchens!

Plan B Consulting

This will be the last formal blog of the year! The news item which caught my eye at lunchtime on Thursday is the ongoing flooding causing so much disruption to various parts of the UK.

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Taking advantage of incidents?

Plan B Consulting

The issue I would like to think about this week is how, as business continuity people, we should approach big disasters and what should our attitude be to them.

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Taking advantage of incidents?

Plan B Consulting

The issue I would like to think about this week is how, as business continuity people, we should approach big disasters and what should our attitude be to them.

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The games are dead. Long live the games!

Plan B Consulting

Earlier this week I went to a CSARN event in Glasgow on “The 2014 Commonwealth Games – the race for safety and security”. It’s aim was to look at the lessons learned from the Olympics and see how they applied to the Commonwealth Games.

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The games are dead. Long live the games!

Plan B Consulting

Earlier this week I went to a CSARN event in Glasgow on “The 2014 Commonwealth Games – the race for safety and security”. It’s aim was to look at the lessons learned from the Olympics and see how they applied to the Commonwealth Games.

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New Years thought – Be Prepared

Plan B Consulting

Happy New Year to all readers I hope you had a good break and are raring to go for 2012! Over the Christmas break whilst staying on the Isle of Coll, which is a small island on the West coast of Scotland, I had a very good example of being prepared.

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New Years thought – Be Prepared

Plan B Consulting

Happy New Year to all readers I hope you had a good break and are raring to go for 2012! Over the Christmas break whilst staying on the Isle of Coll, which is a small island on the West coast of Scotland, I had a very good example of being prepared.

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Freedom…or Not?

Plan B Consulting

This week in the UK, Alex Salmond First Minister of Scotland and David Cameron UK Prime Minister signed a historic document which allows Scotland to have a referendum on whether Scotland should stay in the United Kingdom or should become an independent country.

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Freedom…or Not?

Plan B Consulting

This week in the UK, Alex Salmond First Minister of Scotland and David Cameron UK Prime Minister signed a historic document which allows Scotland to have a referendum on whether Scotland should stay in the United Kingdom or should become an independent country.

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The sins of the past…

Plan B Consulting

I was watching the news at lunchtime today and saw that Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France wins and he has been accused of leading “the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen.”

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The sins of the past…

Plan B Consulting

I was watching the news at lunchtime today and saw that Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France wins and he has been accused of leading “the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen.”

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Managing Help During Incidents

Plan B Consulting

The main story dominating the news in the UK this week is the abduction of April Jones, a 5 year old girl while out playing in the village of Machynlleth in Wales. Despite a huge effort by the Police and local volunteers they have still not found her.

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Managing Help During Incidents

Plan B Consulting

The main story dominating the news in the UK this week is the abduction of April Jones, a 5 year old girl while out playing in the village of Machynlleth in Wales. Despite a huge effort by the Police and local volunteers they have still not found her.

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Right Wing Terrorism

Plan B Consulting

The sentencing of Anders Breivik last week to 21 years in prison and the court finding him sane, reminds us that not all terrorists are linked to al-Qaeda and that right wing terrorism can be just as deadly.

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Legionella

Plan B Consulting

Today I heard that a second victim had died of Legionella in Edinburgh. So far the total number of confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease has reached 41, and the number of suspected cases currently stands at 48.

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Terrorist Attacks

Plan B Consulting

I noticed this week that the last fugitive of a cult who planned and carried out the Sarin gas attack in 1995 on the Tokyo underground has been captured. Katsuya Takahashi, a member of the Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult, had been on the run since the attack which killed 13 people and injured 6,000.

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It Ain’t What You Do (It’s the Way That You Do It)

Plan B Consulting

The 80s Fun Boy Three (with Bananarama) song could equally could have gone “it aint what you say it’s the way that you say it” and this in many cases is true, extreme views given in a calm, measured and a well structured way, seem almost sensible.

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It’s all about the planning…

Plan B Consulting

Many of you, like myself, will have watched the Queens Diamond Jubilee River Pageant and seen the Royal barge and the 1000 accompanying ships pass down the Thames. Despite the terrible weather, and the fact the pageant over ran, the event finished without any unforeseen events.

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Indian Power Failures

Plan B Consulting

Most of you could not of fail to notice the two big power cuts in India this week, the second of which affected over 600 million people. I think for the most of us to picture such a situation is very difficult.

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PD 25111 – People in the plan

Plan B Consulting

In my previous bulletin I promised that I would talk about some thoughts on the human aspects of business continuity and write a synopsis of PD 25111 which was published about a year ago. This document deals with the human elements in business continuity.

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What can we trust?

Plan B Consulting

I have always made the assumption that the mobile phone network was fairly robust and that we could rely on it to communicate during an incident.

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People in the recovery process

Plan B Consulting

I was wandering around the BBC news website yesterday and came across the following headline “At least eight people have been killed in a car bombing in central Iraq, security officials and medics say”.

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You’ll Never Walk Alone

Plan B Consulting

I remember seeing the Hillsborough disaster on the television as it happened, but for me it was not one of those iconic moments when you remember exactly where you were when it happened. My two iconic moments when I remember exactly where I was are 9/11 and when Lady Di died!

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G4S Appearances Count

Plan B Consulting

I am not sure whether this news has reached international level, but in the United Kingdom the security company G4S has hit the headlines for their failure to deliver the 13,000 security guards it was contracted to provide at a cost of £280m during the Olympic Games.

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RBS – Learning from incidents

Plan B Consulting

Most of you couldn’t miss the RBS, Nat West and Ulster Bank ‘computer glitch’ over last weekend which led to many of their customers being unable to access their accounts and take money out.

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Right Wing Terrorism

Plan B Consulting

The sentencing of Anders Breivik last week to 21 years in prison and the court finding him sane, reminds us that not all terrorists are linked to al-Qaeda and that right wing terrorism can be just as deadly.