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Looking back on a year of crises and communication

DismayIs the incidence of crisis on the rise?

According to the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), there were 200% more natural disasters between 2000 and 2009 than there were between 1980 and 1989. And there are countless studies that show that cybercrime is on the rise and not stopping any time soon.

But even if the rate at which disasters happen weren’t increasing, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was.

Natural disasters, cyber breaches, terrorist attacks, accidents and more: Not only do we now hear about them around the world, we also hear about them instantly. And we hear about them over and over again as the Web, social media, and our 24-hour news channels demand more and more updates.

But the fact is, for resilience professionals, knowing more about each of these events than was ever previously possible is a good thing. For people who specialize in BC/DR, the deluge of information can be invaluable—because hidden within the tragic outcomes of each such event are important lessons to be learned.

In 2015, A Year of Crisis and Communication, a webinar co-presented by MIR3 and Firestorm, experts reviewed some of the year’s significant events with an eye towards gaining an intelligence to enable us all to be better prepared for future disruptions.

Watch the webinar online and draw your own lessons from past crises that had successful outcomes, as well as those that could have done better.