By Manuel Weller, Public Relations & Social Media Officer of ASIS Germany e. V.

BCM in practice: Planning and preparation are key

The concept of the BCM Academy goes down well: For the second time, numerous experts in security, crisis management and business continuity management met in Hamburg to discuss current developments and new approaches to dealing with an emergency or crisis. Besides networking, the main focus was on professional subjects. The agenda of this two-day event – a mix of lectures, acts and workshops – already presented the prospect of a diversified and varied program.

Crisis communication and aftercare: Insights into the practice

In addition to numerous workshops, the first day of the conference already offered a diverse repertoire of practice-oriented lectures. The event was opened by a presentation of Imke Bruns, security expert at Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG). She offered an insight into the crisis communication in public transport. Marcus Zander, Controllit AG, dedicated his speech to the crash of the Germanwings flight 9525 in 2015. Here he presented the crisis management from the perspective of Airberlin and put a special emphasis on the aftercare of responders and those affected. "It's important that you are prepared, that you have the right teams, and that you know what to do in a crisis," Zander summarizes. Stefan Röhrig, AIG Europe Limited, explained how to effectively reduce the default risk of a supply chain.

The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution as a service provider

On the second event day, the participants listened to a lecture by Knut Heckl, ProSiebenSat1. Media SE, about the security management of live productions. "Crisis management is just executing," explains Heckel. "However, the vital element is prior to that." Uwe Claaßen, Ministry of Home Affairs and Sport Niedersachsen, presented the economic protection in Lower Saxony. He went into possible weaknesses in companies and explained how his office can support companies in dealing with specific risks. The event concluded with a lecture by Thomas Lübcke, German Society for the Rescue of Shipwrecked Persons (DGzRS), on the variety of expectations in a distress incident.

Participants and organizers offered a positive summary

The feedback from the participants was consistently positive. Above all, the practice-oriented approach of the event was convincing. Birthe Christiansen, moderator of the summit and Managing Director of the BCM Academy GmbH, is enthusiastic about the feedback – the date for the next event is already fixed: The third BCM Summit will take place 26-27 September 2019, once again in Hamburg.