Archive: crisis exercise

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4 lessons from exercising COVID incidents and local lockdowns

16 October 2020 by Steph Gray

We’ve just wrapped up a virtual simulation with a client’s senior management team, working through their process to handle a serious COVID incident affecting their operations and impacting a local community. Here's some lessons to think about for your COVID crisis preparedness.

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How to get the best from virtual crisis simulation exercises

11 March 2020 by Chris Malpass

The COVID-19 emergency is forcing many teams to quickly rethink how they conduct day-to-day operations and to implement processes to enable their people to work remotely as a means of halting the spread of the virus. We’re finding that a number of our clients are opting for virtual deliveries of…

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Mobilizing for crisis: the benefits of longer exercises

2 April 2019 by Steph Gray

Our typical exercises tend to run for 3 or 4 hours, often in a pair of adjoining boardrooms with good wifi, clear diaries and coffee on tap. The participants get to feel the shock and stress of dealing with something unexpected and fast-paced, and understand how well they work together…

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A is for Authenticity

27 November 2018 by Steph Gray

Before fake news, there was spin, and before that, there was ‘PR’. The bottom line is, why should anyone believe you, especially when you’re trying to dig your way out of trouble? That’s a theme which came out in an exercise I’ve just wrapped up here in South Africa, which…

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Why crisis cells with structure are more successful

26 March 2018 by Kate Rawlins

Being a fly on the wall in the ‘war rooms’ watching teams practice responding to an unfolding crisis is fascinating. It enables me to hear strategizing, discussions, and see the workings behind the decision-making process. Over the past two years I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some of the…

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On the receiving end of the Social Simulator

23 October 2017 by Tim Lloyd

I’ve just finished helping to deliver social media simulation as part of a large incident response exercise. We’re pretty focussed on finding things that the press, public affairs and incident management team did well online, and where they need to get better. Handing out constructive criticism and recommendations in the…

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5 tips for attention-grabbing exercise scenarios

29 August 2017 by Tim Lloyd

We spend a lot of time designing, researching and creating scenarios for crisis response exercises. We have a wide range of tried and tested scenarios to use as a starting point, but our clients are always best placed to outline something that meets their needs. However, this requires organisations to…

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What’s a crisis exercise really like?

1 November 2016 by Tim Lloyd

We can’t always say much about the crisis simulations that we run for clients. Understandably, companies don’t want to reveal the problems they face and how they plan to deal with them. What we can say with confidence, is that more and more organisations are including online engagement when they…

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