Well considered crisis management and business continuity planning can prove to be a lifesaver when turmoil erupts and should form part of every organisation’s operating model. It helps to be wise and take a proactive approach before the event, not a reactive one after.

However, even the best laid plans can come unstuck during a crisis. Do you have clear lines of accountability for decision making or communications? Do you have a clear list of organisational priorities? 

Your teams need to be able to cope with a crisis and learn how to do this even better the next time. This is valuable experience for any organisation, especially for those that are both diverse and dispersed.

The Covid-19 pandemic is a familiar backdrop we’re using to test specific objectives, including the ability to respond to multiple crises.

Watch our generic crisis scenario, which is in an immersive exercise that tests your skills as a crisis management team in the middle of a new Covid-19 outbreak.

Helping you prepare for a crisis

Our crisis simulation tool enables you, either on your own or with experienced support, to understand how your organisation would cope. The online tool facilitates virtual and, where necessary, global discussions so that you do not have to wait for a crisis to assess results.

The facilitated simulation also ensures you receive feedback on how you might have planned and reacted in a more effective way. This allows you to make sure that plans and teams are fully functional.

Our generic simulation is designed alongside industry leaders and available at a fraction of the cost of similar crisis management tools. You can also work with us to create a bespoke simulation that is highly specific to your business.

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Train your teams with a dynamic simulation

We appreciate that designing a crisis scenario for a desktop exercise or simulation can be difficult. You want it to be engaging and challenging, whilst ensuring that your crisis exercise objectives are being met. 

Our BW Crisis Simulation Tool allows you to do just that, using realistic scenarios and behaviour-led learning techniques to ensure you are prepared as possible for unexpected events.

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We have developed a cost effective generic scenario so you can train your teams immediately. For more information on the generic scenario, please see our FAQs.

You may also have specific objectives, teams, and situations that you would like to test. We can work with you to design and produce a bespoke simulation that suits your organisation’s needs. 

For further information on either the generic or bespoke scenarios, you can contact our team.

Benefits of our generic crisis simulation include:

An innovative, behaviourally led crisis exercise which enables learning from the scenario to “stick” and drive team engagement

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Online platform for remote or physical delivery

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Unlimited access to the scenario for 12 months – you can run the crisis simulation as many times as you like with as many teams as needed using a single facilitator log-in

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Cost and time savings

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Engaging content - realistic, high production value injects including video footage, social media posts, web pages, calls and emails

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Can be facilitated by you or one of our team

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Our generic crisis simulation package options

You can buy the crisis simulation standalone package for £159 per month (billed annually at £1908 + VAT).


A realistic, objectives led crisis management scenario (see FAQs for further details)

Unlimited use for 12 months across multiple teams using a single facilitator log-in

Access to our online platform for remote delivery



You can have one of our experienced consultants facilitate your session for an additional cost of £5,000 + VAT (total cost £6908 + VAT).


Facilitation of a 2 hour simulation 

A 30 minute introductory call prior to the simulation to understand your needs

A report following the simulation to provide assurance and recommendations 

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The Crisis Management Simulation Tool is available as part of the professional subscription package to the Barnett Waddingham Risk Portal.

Get in touch

To learn more about our Crisis Management Simulation Tool, or our Business Continuity and Resilience services, please contact our dedicated risk team.


Dean Hughes
Principal and Head of Risk Advisory and Analytics
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Karla Gahan
Associate and Senior Consultant – Risk Advisory and Analytics
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