ATLANTA—IPREX, the global network of independent public relations firms, has forged a strategic partnership with one of Europe’s leading authorities on crisis and emergency leadership and management, Octo. Octo provides a range of services based on a strategic risk, process and systems audit leading to emergency protection, civil resilience and response planning. In crisis and emergency situations the company’s expertise in management relationships and structures will complement IPREX’s expertise in communication.
Octo also consults on the design of crisis anticipation, crisis management and emergency response measures, arrangements and facilities, and runs a comprehensive training and simulation program. In addition, it provides mentoring for leadership roles in high-pressure high-risk operations, and a range of specialized products. from software to response team equipment.
The firm’s private sector clients include Shell, Pfizer, Novartis, British Energy, Sellafield and BAE Systems. In the public sector, Octo works mainly for the British government (the Cabinet Office, U.K. Atomic Energy Authority, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Ministry of Defence, Health & Safety Executive, Royal Navy) and the Irish government (Department of Heritage, Environment and Local Government, Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland, Environmental Protection Agency of Ireland).