Zombie, Elephant and Monkey Risk

This is a guest post from Trevor Levine at riskczar.com

Is it too soon to add Zombie Risk to our heat maps?

According to researchers at two Ottawa universities who modeled a zombie attack using biological assumptions based on popular zombie movies, “classic” slow-moving zombies could take over our cities in under a week. (The “nimble, intelligent creatures” would take a few days less I imagine.)

And while we can all laugh this one off and conclude that at best Zombie Risk would be in the upper corner or our heat map (Extremely Unlikely and Catastrophic), a zombie “plague” in fact resembles any sort of lethal, rapidly spreading infection.

Where are those H1N1 sort of risks on your heat maps?

You can read more about this at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8206280.stm

Elephant Risk

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the threat of zombies and whether it was too soon to ad zombie risk to your risk register or heat map. Well what about Elephant Risk?

The Scientific Leader Blog writes about the increasing danger of elephants in India and Sri Lanka entering cities and causing trouble. For those of us sitting in Toronto, New York or Chicago, elephants are not risk we need to add to our heat maps but it does make you think about unknown unknows.

What’s out there that we have not thought about before?

Monkey Risk

Earlier today I wrote about the threat of elephants in some parts of India or Sri Lanka; risks we would never consider including in a heat map in major North American cities but are threats in other parts of the world.

Well, if you were tasked with identifying and assessing risk to the municipal government of Delhi, India in 2007, would you have included Monkey Risk?

A BBC article from October 2007 reads:

The deputy mayor of the Indian capital Delhi has died a day after being attacked by a horde of wild monkeys. SS Bajwa suffered serious head injuries when he fell from the first-floor terrace of his home on Saturday morning trying to fight off the monkeys. The city has long struggled to counter its plague of monkeys, which invade government complexes and temples, snatch food and scare passers-by.

I am not advocating adding Monkey Risk to your risk maps, just open your minds to identify and assess all sorts of risks while searching for similarities in seemingly dissimilar things. Maybe we don’t have to worry about monkeys but what about rats, birds, insect infestations, etc.

Just think about it and how something so far fetched could affect your business plan.


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