The NCEMA (National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority) has issued guidelines in the event of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) for business continuity readiness for UAE Organizations. This Guide is a guiding document to increase the readiness of the organizations in the UAE and maintain the provision of the essential services and products, as well as to reinforce the importance of synergy and sustainable cooperation between all concerned organizations in the UAE.
It explains ways to address the risks arising from the outbreak of epidemics in the organizations that may directly affect business continuity and community stability. In case the new COVID19- virus spreads among employees at the workplace, precautionary and preventive measures should be taken to ensure the general safety of the employees.
The guidelines clearly states that “UAE organizations at federal, local and private levels shall adopt this approach by assessing risks, threats, weaknesses and consequences thereof, where the organizations concerned may adapt their approach to identifying risks according to nature of work.”
It further advises that, “preparing for any event is the responsibility of all organizations and levels (federal, local and also the private sector) and it is also the key to success in managing any emergency or crisis case. Preparation exercises can be conducted prior to incidents. The organizations may also involve all partners from governmental and private organizations and society. The national preparedness and readiness course for prevention, response and recovery tasks can be summarized as follows:
- Organization & Staff
- Excercises, evaluation, and Continuous Development
The guide can be downloaded from NCEMA’s website https://www.ncema.gov.ae