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Pandemic: the threat that hasn’t gone away


A few years ago, the majority of crisis simulations we ran at Crisis Solutions were in some way connected with a pandemic outbreak. With the advent of widespread cyber crime and data loss our bird flu and other related scenarios haven’t been rolled out quite so often.

But even a cursory glance at the National Risk Register of Civil Emergencies shows that pandemic influenza is still considered a major risk by the UK government. The government says: “(It) continues to represent the most significant civil emergency risk.”

Pandemic planning should not be forgotten. So, if you are considering a crisis simulation you might want to go back to the future and bear in mind a pandemic scenario.

This is unfashionable thinking as in recent years pandemics, such as swine flu and bird flu, have fortunately rarely achieved the reach or severity predicted, although the Ebola outbreak presented a very real crisis in West Africa.


Although not an infectious disease like Ebola, the Zika virus is spread by mosquitoes, which can transmit dengue and yellow fever. Now found across the globe in tropical and subtropical areas, including the U.S., Zika has the potential to spread far and wide and is predicted to infect up to 4 million people in the Americas.

Its spread has caused panic in Brazil and increasingly world-wide. US scientists say it has “explosive pandemic potential”.

Not long ago Thailand confirmed its first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers), the deadly virus that killed 24 people in South Korea.


Crisis Solutions has a wealth of knowledge and expertise with regard to pandemic planning, which we are happy to put at your disposal in the form of:

  • Crisis simulations
  • Crisis exercises
  • Crisis response plans
  • Tests
  • Workshops

Whichever threats may jeopardise your business - at Crisis Solutions we can help you prepare