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Disease Outbreak Security Resources

The coronavirus outbreak (also known as COVID-19) that started in China in late 2019 and continues in 2020 has had a major impact on the security and business continuity of organizations with significant ties to China. It has also created global travel issues, and its potential spread is a good reason for organizations to re-examine their plans in case a pandemic hits a geographic region vital to that organization’s business interests.

In light of the outbreak, ASIS International presents the following resources for security professionals.

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External Resources

Pandemic Influenza Continuity of Operations Annex Template Instructions: The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers this guidance to assist organizations in developing a Pandemic Influenza
Continuity of Operations Plan.

World Health Organization (WHO) Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): WHO’s pages and resources on the virus, primarily for the public and health professionals.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Infection (CDC) 2019 Novel Coronavirus: CDC’s pages and resources on the virus, primarily targeted to a U.S. audience, including resources geared toward businesses, travel, health professionals, laboratories, and the public.

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019: Guidance from the CDC designed to help prevent workplace exposures to acute respiratory illnesses in non-healthcare settings. The guidance also provides planning considerations if there are more widespread, community outbreaks of COVID-19.

OSAC Travel Tips: Coronavirus: The U.S. Department of State's Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) offers tips to stay healthy when travelling abroad.

Public Health for Mass Gatherings: Key Considerations: The World Health Organization offers recommendations about various issues, including disease outbreak, associated with mass gatherings.

2019 Novel Coronavirus Hazardous Information Training Sheet (HITS): Developed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Protective Service, this HITS provides information on the evolving Coronavrius and tips for workforce protection and readiness.

Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering Coronavirus Map and Information: Presents a heat map of worldwide infections and the latest statistics of confirmed cases, fatalities, and recoveries.

ASIS International Resources

Novel Coronavirus: Crisis Management and Pandemic Best Practices for the Security Professional: A webinar on 27 February developed by the ASIS Global Terrorism, Political Instability, and International Crime Council addressed the current situation.

Key Elements of Pandemic Readiness: This Security Management online exclusive article offers business continuity best practices in the event of a pandemic outbreak.

It’s Time to Plan: An article from Security Management in 2008 with lessons from the SARS pandemic.

Managing Business Traveler Health and Safety: This Security Management article from August 2019 examines disease and illness risks associated with business travel.

For Business Continuity, Accept the Unexpected: An August 2019 Security Management article with guidance on how to plan for business continuity in case of emergency situations.

Anticipating the Unexpected—Preparing Your Organization for Critical Incidents: This free webinar from August 2019 looks at business continuity planning from a critical incident perspective.

A Global Safety Plan Protects Corporate Travelers: A January 2019 Security Management article that discusses employee travel risk as a duty of care responsibility.

In addition, Security Management editors will continue to monitor the outbreak and present timely issues and news in its “Today in Security” posts. The following are the posts on the outbreak so far: