Herefordshire Council organised a free awareness session to help organisations prepare for the worst. The session focused on business continuity to ensure that Herefordshire’s businesses are prepared for and able to recover from emergency incidents.
The event asked two basic questions of local businesses in the event of an emergency – what if and what’s my plan. Speakers advised the participants on how to make a business more resilient and minimise the economic impact of emergencies. The event took place on 25 November 2015 at Herefordshire Council, Plough Lane Offices.
Speaking about the initiative Councillor Philip Price, cabinet member for infrastructure and a local business owner, said “It is crucial to understand that resilient businesses build resilient communities and sessions such as these help in doing so. Today’s session not only covered the impact and aftermath of severe weather conditions such as flooding, it has set the stage for us to talk about non-weather incidents. We are hoping to organise future sessions focusing on IT disaster recovery, cybercrime and the financial benefits of business continuity.”
Representatives from the Fire Service, Balfour Beatty Living Places, Environment Agency, Met Office, Herefordshire Council and Biscon Planning also participated in this event. They advised on various aspects of responding to winter weather including:
- The role of the emergency services during flooding events and how to prepare
- Winter forecasting and weather warning systems
- Gritting (stockpiling salt and why certain roads are gritted)
- Maintaining the road network
To view presentations from the day, please visit Herefordshire Business Continuity Forum’s webpage