Companies and organizations have several options for getting employees and others out of dangerous countries such as Iraq. For instance, they can rely on their respective country governments to get their people out of areas that are experiencing a crisis. However, private evacuations are often more efficient and faster than those handled by governments. Such private evacuations can be handled by insurance companies or evacuation companies like Anvil Group. Such security firms are hired to evacuate company staff or students abroad when crisis conditions reach a crescendo. Recent crisis events include the wave of violence stemming from political instability (the so-called Arab Spring) that swept the Middle East (Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Syria, among others); the earthquake in Japan, as well as the Ukrainian and most recently the conflicts in Iraq.
Many organizations tapped Anvil Group after their insurance providers were unable to handle the evacuation. Some evacuations have only been partially handled due to failure to properly plan for specific scenarios, considering any and all modes of transportation, access to ports, border-crossing, save havens or other critical considerations. Such situations run the risk of placing people in harm’s way, which could be mitigated if evacuees have been advised to shelter-in-place until conditions were ripe for safe transfer to their country of origin or other safe locations. Companies like Anvil Group are paid to consider all probable scenarios and develop robust, reliable plans that can be implemented often with very short notice. Because of the unpredictable nature of crisis events, organizations are advised to develop internal plans in coordination with the crisis mitigation firm; develop drills and table-top exercises based on credible scenarios. Companies are also encouraged to dispense with template documents that collect dust on shelves and instead develop practical, living-documents, easily scalable with logical steps that can facilitate activation during the crisis.