Terrorism is a fact of life in the 21st century, and we have all spent time ensuring we are prepared in the event it strikes our workplace or home. And terrorism is changing... we're not just worried about bombs anymore but also about lone actors whose actions we can't predict. This means we have to review our business continuity plans and ensure that we have included all potential risks that we may not have considered when bombs were our main concern.
What should you do to protect your employees, your organization, and its stakeholders from a terrorist attack?
Though global terrorism has been increasing over the recent history, properly understanding and preparing for its effects will minimize negative impacts.
In the U.S., most acts of domestic terrorism have focused on the workplace, and this makes workplace safety a priority, but it's important to plan without inciting unnecessary fear.
According to several security experts, most instances of workplace violence are committed by one person acting alone.
Should terrorism awareness be included in induction training? The answer is, yes.
You must remember that for some people the effects of terrorism may not be felt immediately but, instead, arise months later.
As always, I look forward to hearing about your concerns with regard to business continuity. If there are any topics that you'd like to see covered, email me at
Bob Mellinger, President
1. Getting Ready: Company Primer on Preparedness and Response Planning for Terrorist and Bioterrorist Attacks
As a business leader, emergency preparedness is clearly important, and you should be personally involved. Companies have a legal, ethical, and moral responsibility to mitigate against the risk of a terrorist act and to prepare for the possibility of this event. If an incident occurs, it is in your organization's best interest to rapidly and smoothly respond to, and recover from, the event with a focus on saving lives and property and continuing operations.
2. Preparing for the Next Terrorist Attack in America
Terrorism is a tactic that has survived for thousands of years and seeks to cause fear, panic, and economic damage to a given population in order to exert control or influence political, social, or religious practices through unusual levels of brutality. As technology advances, so too do the tools available to terror organizations and those inspired by them.
3. How to plan for workplace terrorism (without causing fear)
Most acts of domestic terrorism have focused on the workplace, and this makes workplace preparedness a priority. While we may not be able to prevent a terroristic event, we can be vigilant, well-prepared and able to respond to such threats. Unfortunately, multiple studies have revealed that many companies are ill-prepared. Despite the fact that preparedness diverts time and resources from other activities, there are overwhelming reasons why businesses must address this issue now.
4. Planning for the Worst: Terrorism and Workplace Violence
Several recent manmade events, including the attack at Pulse nightclub in Florida and the Belgium airport terrorist bombing, highlight the vulnerability of the workplace. Workplace violence costs employers more than $120 billion a year, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). As the chance of an onsite attack rises for employers, the focus on mitigation is increasing. According to several security experts, most instances of workplace violence are committed by one person acting alone, but lone wolf attacks are difficult to predict.
5. Should Terrorism Awareness Training be Included in Your Employee Training?
Terrorism presents a constant threat to institutions, businesses and individuals. While it is important to refrain from scaremongering, companies should consider their security and emergency response procedures and assess if they are robust enough to cope with an attack. It is also crucial that employees are aware of possible terrorist threats, as well as for employers to minimize the effects of terrorism through response training.
6. Coping with Terrorism: Tips for the Workplace
The deadly series of attacks that struck the citizens of Brussels is a tragic reminder that terrorists seek to erode our sense of safety and security by attacking the spaces where we live and work. As the international community comes together to respond to these criminal acts, we know your attention is on how to help you and your loved ones understand terrorism and turn aside the fear terrorists want you to live with every day. Each person reacts differently to a crisis and a range of responses can be expected.
Quote of the Week:
"Terrorism is contempt
for human dignity."
-- Kjell Magne Bondevik, Statesman