Over the last few months, the focus has been on COVID-19, but let us not lose sight of other growing threats, some of which have increased as a by-product of the pandemic.
C.B.R.N – YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT’S AROUND THE CORNER!
One of the lessons that the recent outbreak has taught us, is that C.B.R.N threats are never far away. However, the potential impact of a large scale C.B.R.N event depends upon the authorities’ ability to respond and manage it. In the event of either a man-made or natural spread of C.B.R.N agents, preparation and event management skills are vital to successfully minimise casualties and ensure containment
2020 HAS DEFINITELY SEEN ITS SHARE OF DISASTERS.
From Australian bushfires and floods in Indonesia, to COVID19, Earthquakes and locust swarms, to name a few.
Disasters provide the ultimate barometer for response capabilities. studies highlight that recurring difficulties & inadequacies of disaster management over the last decade remain un-addressed. authorities, governments, disaster management and civil society organisations to embrace a newer, modern paradigm of Disaster Response. A major contributing factor to the failure to successfully manage a large-scale disaster is the lack of an available & efficient communication network between the different stakeholders together with a clearly defined roles and responsibilities to facilitate interoperability.
LAW ENFORCEMENT & CROWD
Governments have been left reeling over the past year, as riots and protests spread to over 40 continents. According to global reports, the civil unrest index has risen by 66.7% from 2019 to 2020. Coming under much scrutiny, police departments across the globe are facing growing public mistrust. To prevent further escalations; authorities need to enhance training, preparation and equipment of their officers; if they are to contain unrest without the use of violence or random arrests, which serve to fuel violence.
For the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, countries are beginning to lift restrictions and attempt to regain a semblance of normality.
From state borders, maritime ports and airports, authorities face a complex mission; facilitating global trade while maintaining security. Faced with border skirmishes between neighbouring countries, drug cartels, human traffickers etc. Authorities need to constantly re-examine their security measures, adopt proactive approaches, and implement newer, advanced technologies to ensure a continued level of preparedness and capacity to mitigate or react to threats.