Wow! Two really good things happened this week for emergency preparedness, addressing both safety and security. First, the @EPCollege published @HasisD ‘s report on what the UN Disaster Risk Reduction Sendai Framework means for (local!!) UK practitioners which really opens up the debate (PDF)
— Monika AlMufti (@MonikaAlMufti) June 7, 2017
… and today, just four days after the London Bridge attack, the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) issued new official safety guidance for crowded places which includes a substantial section on personal safety.
NEW: Guidance on increasing #CrowdedPlaces protection from a terrorist attack https://t.co/8HdgFkoBPF #security #prepared #business #BCM pic.twitter.com/d7yW5CNTgw — EVAQ8 Emergency Kits (@EVAQ8_news) June 8, 2017
In their guidance, NaCTSO writes
“No-one has more responsibility for your personal security than you.”
Naturally, security and safety go hand in hand and so in my view this statement applies across the board to include all risks, not just terrorism. Actually, the risk from terrorism, viewed objectively and rationally, plays just a very small role. Consider:
The likelihood of dying at the hands of a terrorist is comparable to the odds of drowning in one’s own bathtub.https://t.co/YfIDW3fLl6
— The Conversation (@ConversationEDU) June 7, 2017
The more ‘clear and present danger’ lies elsewhere. As my earlier post Prepare for a world that’s more than 2° C warmer discusses, there is a different elephant in the room. A new study that assessed potential future climate damage to major European coastal cities projects that annual economic losses may range up to 40 billion $ by 2100 (based on worst emission scenario, which we’re heading into rather fast). For the UK, sadly, this will continue to look more and more like this:
So, what is to be done? Well, actually there is a lot that anyone can do. In this blog, we specifically talk about personal and community preparedness, capabilities which means skills and training and capacities which means practical tools and equipment. Key posts here to look at are:
Be prepared – not scared!
edit to add: also just out now is the JRF’s report: “Present and future flood vulnerability, risk and disadvantage: A UK scale assessment” This report is of particular interest to community resilience. It highlights how flood risks interact with social vulnerability across the UK to create flood disadvantage, an issue which will be exacerbated by climate change. Today some 6.4 million people live in flood prone areas, with around 1.5 million of these people living in vulnerable neighbourhoods (which include people on low incomes, with poor health and other factors that means floods are likely to have more negative impacts…
— EVAQ8 Emergency Kits (@EVAQ8_news) June 12, 2017
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