Corona Pandemic - wsf leadership at a time of crisis


WSF in time of Corona Pandemic

Corona virus is a complex threat with changing behavior that creates confusion regarding the effectiveness of response models.  

WSF has launched an incident response and disaster recovery program to enable and support cities and countries around the world to effectively respond to Corona Pandemic. 

This is a comprehensive program to include the following modules: 

  1. Risk modeling and management framework 
  2. Event and Incident monitoring and analysis 
  3. Asset and resource management
  4. Incident response
  5. Disaster recovery and
  6. Continuity of life

Coroner virus is a complex threat to tackle with for cities and countries around the world - as the knowledge of its behavior has evolved significantly since the beginning of the outbreak in Wuhan territory of China.  

Varying response models from around the world reveals effectiveness of response and control depending on environmental factors and understanding of threat!   For example, Sweden has relied on highly measured precautions to isolate the most vulnerable than on imposing a full social lock-down.  

Italian authorities relying on their intuition, did not take a systematic approach to the outbreak and instead, issued a series of policies with increased restrictions within lock-down areas (“red zones”) that eventually expanded to the entire country. 

Approach and Program

Looking at various response and recovery models around the world including the United States, Germany, China, and Italy among others; WSF Risk and Resilience Response Framework attention to the following immediate steps to be taken in cases of the outbreak in new territories and countries around the world:

  • Development of a detailed information center - as part of National Response Operating Center and Command - on corona virus in the country and obtain lessons-learnt risk models from countries around the world.  
  • Develop a comprehensive inventory of measures and controls and resources currently at governments disposal in order to: 

                  A. Identify shortcomings and urgent necessities

                  B. Optimize the use of resources based on growth rate of national and regional Corona case curve. 

These resources include health service providers(volunteers, students, retirees) medicine (anti inflammatory and antiviral among others), ventilators and law enforcement among others.  

  • Setup an incident monitoring platform in order to adjust asset and resource management and response operations.  

Effective Resource Management is Crucial

Only by pulling together and cooperating across borders can cities and governments beat the virus and contain its consequences.

Whether to preventing people from getting infected or spreading on the infection, technology could play as critical role as other means of mitigation. Remote health monitoring through simplest forms of connectivity can be effective as would be information sharing models.  But ultimately, it is key to manage resources and health service providers effectively and according to peak phase and anticipated spread models.