A comment on my recent blog “On the rails…” mentioned how the blog piece had given an example of one of the many things that a council is involved with that the wider public just aren’t aware of.
Yesterday (10 November) provided another example. The Tayside Local Resilience Partnership staged an event at the Marryat Hall in Dundee to discuss multi-agency plans in response to a terrorist incident. That might seem to be a little off the track for your local council, but it certainly isn’t. The need to be aware and engaged with this issue has become essential for organisations of all types.
In the room were NHS Tayside, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Scottish Ambulance Service, the 3 Tayside councils, SEPA, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, the Army, the RAF and the Royal Navy, the Scottish Government, Network Rail, ScotRail and the British Transport Police. That gives a picture of the comprehensive nature of the event and the extent of engagement from public bodes that would be required to deal with an event and to recover from it.
I really want to emphasise there is no information suggesting any kind of imminent incident in the Tayside area – this event was part of a planned learning and development programme – but we must remember that the threat level in the UK from terrorism remains unchanged and advice to all of our communities is to remain vigilant and to be alert, but not to be alarmed.
If you want to think about your organisation’s readiness there is guidance and advice on security on the GOV.UK website and in particular have a look at the ‘Run – Hide – Tell’ Stay Safe video at