Technology tea party

Emergency responder app

15 April 2016

The Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Principles  was set up in 2012 as a two year programme to  improve the way the Police, Fire & Rescue and Ambulance services work together when responding to major multi-agency incidents. The project established a doctrine which sets out a standard approach to multi-agency working, along with training and awareness products for organisations to train their staff.

The first phase of the work is complete and the programme continues. It has  launched an app for Android and Apple. It’s an aide memoire on an emergency responder’s phone and, even if it’s only to read on the train home, gives good information in an easy format. If you are downloading this to an IPad make sure that you look for Iphone as well as Ipad apps

Earlier in the week, the team visited TfL’s Surface Transport and Traffic Operations Centre and the London Underground Control Centre. It’s part of a programme to make sure that we understand how are partners implement their own plans.

We’re helping to look at the information that was collected as part of Exercise Unified Response – there’s a lot of data to be processed and this needs to be turned into lessons and actions. JESIP has a link to this through the Joint Organisational Learning process.

Weather update

A mixed, fairly unsettled picture for London’s weather over the coming days. Today will see rain or showers becoming more widespread and the potential for some heavy showers with hail and thunder this afternoon.

A Yellow Warning (Medium Likelihood of Low Impacts) is likely to be issued for much of the capital this morning for these. The rain and showers will mostly clear away eastwards tonight but it will remain damp in places with patchy light rain and a colder north-westerly wind developing.

Continuing to feel cold through Saturday with further rain or showers and the chance of a little sleet or snow for a time more especially on higher ground in northern parts of London, but becoming dry by evening. A better day on Sunday, generally dry with sunny spells and lighter winds.

Looking further ahead into next week, remaining rather cloudy but generally dry and feeling a little less cold to start the week.

There is then the potential for further outbreaks of rain, potentially heavy and thundery to move north from Northern France later on Wednesday but there is still considerable uncertainty in these developments, particularly how far north these will extend and the situation will continue to be monitored and further alerts and warnings issued as necessary.

All weather Alerts and Warnings can be viewed via Hazard Manager or on the Met Office site.

Environment Agency Update

The Flood Guidance statement is currently GREEN for London.

There are no flood alerts or warnings in force for London. The Live EA Flood Warnings Map has up to date information on river and tidal flooding (please access this via google chrome or an updated internet browser).

Air Pollution:

Air pollution levels are forecast to be Low.

Terrorist Threat Levels

The threat levels are unchanged

  • International terrorism – Severe (an attack is highly likely).
  • Northern Ireland related terrorism to Great Britain – Moderate (an attack is possible but not likely).

Transport

Transport for London are undertaking a comprehensive improvement programme across London’s transport network, including the modernisation of the Tube.

Have a look at the planned line closures for this weekend (and bus replacement information).

Hamish

Resilience Manager