The current Russia Ukraine conflict is an evolving situation that Healix is monitoring closely, and our advice is under regular review.

This hub has been developed to bring your organisation the latest insight and advice from our security experts, to better enable you to stay abreast of the most recent developments and help plan for the short-to-medium term.

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Advice for organisations

All organisations operating in country should consider the following restrictions:

  • Suspend all non-essential travel to Ukraine.
  • Implement evacuation plans in line with organisational risk appetite. Ensure that plans remain actionable with regards to road traffic congestion, vehicle safety and availability of fuel and accommodation.
  • Advise all staff not currently involved in viable evacuation operations to stand fast in secure accommodation.
  • Review communications plans with staff remaining in Ukraine to ensure these remain viable in anticipation of communications outages and establish a check-in schedule.

Security managers should review communications and intelligence channels to monitor developments. Ensure you are receiving intelligence alerts and information in real time and the information is graded in a way that enables rapid decision-making. Be wary of misinformation and attempt to focus monitoring on locations with staff present and planned evacuation routes.

It’s recommended to reconfirm third party provider capabilities for transportation, security and other logistical support, including international assistance, security and logistical providers and hotels / accommodation. Seek confirmation of capability limitations and activation timelines.

Activate communications and lost communications protocols. Activate warden network and communications redundancies, including satellite phones.

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Healix understands the enormity of the challenge that organisations face in ensuring the safety and wellbeing of people sheltering in place; as such, our experts are here to offer our assistance wherever possible. Download our Employee and Dependent Support Statement for more information.

Advice for staff in-country

Engage with your company leadership team. If the decision to evacuate has not been taken, stand fast in secure accommodation. Check stockpiles of essential supplies including medication and non-perishable foods and water. Prepare the safe-room within your accommodation and move there if explosive ordnance detonations or sustained small-arms fire occur in the immediate vicinity.

Monitor latest information, including  from leadership and company security teams. Ensure information is always verified prior to re-sharing. Be wary of misinformation.

Ensure that security managers, family and colleagues are aware of any self-evacuation efforts and stand-fast location in the event of a critical communications outage.

Avoid the vicinity of critical infrastructure, military and government sites as these have been targeted in cruise missile strikes. If residing near vulnerable / strategic sites, consider relocating to lower profile locations.

A well packed grab bag includes water, high energy foodstuffs, basic first aid kit, medication, communications and power supplies, essential documentation and clothing and toiletries deemed sufficient to sustain yourself for up to 48-72 hrs. Consider packing a second item of luggage (duffle bag) weighing no more than 15-20kgs.

Ensure you have passports, visas, vaccination certificates, prescriptions etc. and keep them on your person if evacuating.

Review the company evacuation communications plan and lost communications protocol. Test your communications regularly and ensure you keep devices charged. Ensure you have power banks to support devices on the go if evacuating.