At the time of writing the Coronavirus (Covid-19) has reached a pandemic status, covering 159 countries and territories over the world. Schools, offices and mass events have been cancelled in a bid to stop the spread of the virus that originated from China.
Day-by-day we are seeing festivals like Coachella postponing to world conferences like the Mobile World Congress cancelling. This presents challenges for venues and events alike to keep running amid lockdowns from cities like we are seeing across Italy, Spain and France.
Whether or not you will continue with your events, you will need to employ mitigation tactics in order to accommodate the different challenges that we are faced with caused by Covid-19.
The pandemic has put a spotlight on the requirement, in an environment of increased risk, on events in crowded places and the need to coordinate everything potentially remotely. In the case of Covid-19, key people that may be quarantined will still need to be fully briefed in real-time during tournaments, events and conferences in venues.
The importance of an integrated emergency response is now of critical importance. Whilst the world had considered risks and incident response in relation to threats such as terrorism or major protest, no one was prepared for the impacts of Covid-19. We must work together and ensure we integrate through communication and leverage technology to assist in the wider incident response.
Key facts, information and reporting will prove to be critical in ensuring our organisations continue to function and mitigate the impacts of thinking not just of incident response but importantly of recovery and working in what will undoubtedly be the new normality.
Raven Controls is working with our clients to ensure our software can be a central enabler in the information, reporting, communication and coordination in response to this unprecedented situation.
We hope everyone from every organisation, event, stadium, arena or operation around the world can work together to help each other where we can. Let’s keep the dialogue open to enable us to learn from each other, continually adapt and innovate to ensure we manage the situation effectively and are prepared to emerge resilient and reinvigorated to facilitate the world’s greatest events.