A group of protesters are silhouetted in front of a tire fire. A civil unrest emergency response plan is imperative for businesses, and employers should begin their preparations by figuring out ways to account for all employees in the event of an emergency, including creating a communication plan for all levels of staff. (Credit: Shutterstock.com)

The United States Supreme Court’s recent decision to overturn Roe v. Wade is just the latest in a string of causes that have led to public outcry and response in the U.S. over the last few years. While the intention of protests is often disruption, they tend to remain peaceful, overall. However, protests can become destructive and violent, and when this happens local establishments tend to pay the price. So, how can businesses prepare for potential civil unrest?

Forming a plan begins with understanding how civil unrest escalates. Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) recently released a risk bulletin about this potential hazard, and they explain civil unrest tends to evolve through three phases:

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Brittney Meredith-Miller

Brittney Meredith-Miller is assistant editor of PropertyCasualty360.com. She can be reached at [email protected].

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