Management teams gauge their readiness for a strike

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 15 March, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 15 March, 2003, 12:00am

There has been a terror attack on the subway. People spill into the streets in confusion. Emergency staff begin to cordon off the site.

Number of casualties unknown. Number of terrorists unknown. Type of assault unknown.

Crisis management teams in Hong Kong firms are being presented the above scenario to gauge their readiness to respond to a terror strike on the city.

Major organisations need to assess quickly the impact and the safety of staff, the need to evacuate and how to maintain business operations as part of a disaster recovery plan.

Crisis team members are assigned to liaise with authorities. Others are designated to set up command posts.

There is usually a central communication point to handle all calls. Alternative work sites are designated. Essential staff are re-routed to the site to maintain business operations.

The crisis management team needs to co-ordinate a support network for staff and notify family of events. Head office needs to be updated.

These are among the many considerations of Hong Kong firms as they review contingency plans should a war in Iraq spill violence into the region.