For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Robert Edson
Arlington, VA - Analytic Services Corporate Fellow Dr. Elin Gursky, recently contributed to a new book, Business Continuity and Homeland Security, Volume 1: The Challenge of the New Age. The edited collection of essays outlines best practices for businesses when preparing for emergency situations such as terrorist attacks, natural disasters, and pandemics. This inaugural edition was edited by Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute (HSSAI) Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Dr. David McIntyre. and William Hancock an adjunct professor of business and homeland security at Texas A&M University.
Dr. Gursky’s contribution, “The Impact of Disease and Pandemics on Business Continuity,” speaks to the potential impact of a large-scale pandemic event on businesses and what they should do to protect their workforce and maintain continuity. Specifically, her essay provides broad historical perspective stretching to pre-medieval times; tangible metrics to measure costs, such as the estimated total cost of the 2003 severe acute respiratory syndrome; an argument for why the business community should be concerned; an outline of the public health apparatus, including organizational and preparedness gaps; a description of risks for vulnerable populations; and actionable prescriptions—such as sheltering in place and dry runs—for business planning today.
“Drs. Gursky and McIntyre’s efforts serve as a notable complement to Analytic Services’ extensive research into the role of the private sector in homeland security. This book is a valuable resource for students, business leaders, policy makers, and practitioners alike,” said HSSAI Director Dr. Phil Anderson.
For more information on how Analytic Services can assist your organization with emergency preparedness/response, resilience, and other public health solutions contact us.
Analytic Services is a not-for-profit public service institute dedicated to informing decisions that shape the Nation’s future. We provide objective studies and analyses for issues concerning national and homeland security, and to other select public policy communities. Capabilities are delivered through our ANSER operating unit, the Applied Systems Thinking (ASysT) Institute, and the Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute, a federally funded research and development center, operated on behalf of the Department of Homeland Security.