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Rio 2016 – lessons and reflections on resilience

Rio 2016 – lessons and reflections on resilience

The Olympics is a bit like an alien invasion. The organising committee speak their own language and expect things to happen in ways which might be unfamiliar to locals. Even the London 2012 Olympic mascots looked a bit other-worldly. With a touch of nostalgia, I thought I’d take a look back at the emergency planning considerations four years ago, and how things have changed just days from the start of Rio 2016. I joined London Resilience with about 18 months to go. Planning…

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Curious Incident of the Apollo Theatre Collapse – 19 Dec 2013

Curious Incident of the Apollo Theatre Collapse – 19 Dec 2013

Last night I was on my way home when I picked up news of the incident at the Apollo Theatre in London. This morning I took the opportunity to capture what I thought were the significant parts of the incident as it unfolded on social media. It isn’t necessarily in chronological order, as I wanted to bring some narrative to the story. You’ll notice that I haven’t offered any opinions on the cause of the incident or the effectiveness of…

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Use social media, but use it wisely

Use social media, but use it wisely

I initially wrote, and published, this post yesterday evening as the events were unfolding. This morning, news was still coming out of Boston and appearing on social media, so I’ve just made one or two running edits, in italics, to keep it current. I don’t intend to make light of the coordinated series of explosions in Boston, but I wanted to talk about one aspect of social media, the ‘etiquette of online response’ rather than the events themselves, which the…

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Response – The Great European Stink

Response – The Great European Stink

Now, this blog post is a bit delayed, more than a bit actually, nearly a month! But as well as my occasional musings on resilience and emergency planning, this blog is also a mechanism to capture the incidents that I’ve been involved with. Just a week after the Helicopter crash, our team was called into action again, for a chemical release in Rouen, northern France. Now, there are thousands of chemicals out there, probably more than that, so I’m not…

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Response – Vauxhall Helicopter Crash

Response – Vauxhall Helicopter Crash

It’s been a busy 48 hours! Shortly after 0800 on 16 January I was made aware of an aircraft which had crashed in central London. Fortunately I wasn’t on call, so didn’t have any immediate responsibilities, and therefore decided that I would remain at home to watch the unfolding news. This ensured that rather than getting on the tube, I remained contactable should I have been needed. It quickly became apparent, in the age of social media and citizen journalists (which is a dated…

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