On average, the number of protests globally has increased by 11.5% annually since 2009 and 23% of significant protests are reported to have lasted more than three months. Here International SOS provides a checklist to help you prepare your organization and employees for this threat.
Security advice for organizations to safeguard their workforces when in crowded places:
- Ensure employees stay informed: provide employees with up to-date information about potential risks. Regularly assess the security situation by monitoring local news, government advisories, and real-time threat intelligence.
- Create an emergency response plan: develop and communicate a comprehensive emergency response plan for all employees. Ensure that your workforce is well-aware of evacuation procedures and has access to essential emergency contact information.
- Encourage vigilance: remind employees to be alert to suspicious behaviour or items and promptly report any unusual incidents or observations to the relevant authorities.
- Ensure employees comply with security measures: anticipate increased security measures in urban centres, especially around key government areas, tourist destinations and public transport hubs. Inform employees to follow all official directives.
- Establish a robust crisis communication system: provide employees with access to stay informed and connected during times of unrest. Utilise multiple communication channels, including mobile apps and SMS alerts, to ensure swift and reliable communication.