London Prepared: Towers, logs & partnership
On Tuesday we visited Canonbury Tower in Islington. The building has a long-standing connection to emergency preparedness; built in the early 1500s to withstand a 'universal deluge' it was stocked with two weeks supply of food and water. We think that might be a bit extreme, but it's a good idea to have a supply of useful items in a grab bag in case you need to leave your home in a hurry.
Our team attended a training course this week to practice our log-keeping skills (not the kind that relates to our blog a few weeks ago!). Keeping a log of events is integral to any incident response and they are useful records to refer back to post incident to help identify learning.
I attended the Emergency Planning College seminar on Partnerships and Innovations in Emergency Management. This consisted of fascinating range of presentations and opportunities to share experience with colleagues. The ability of multiple agencies to work together effectively is vital in an emergency. It's also vital that everyone is involved in debriefs, and uses their logs, to embed learning and improve responses.
Everyone has a role in tackling terrorism . The aim of Counter Terrorism Awareness Week (28 Nov - 4 Dec) is to provide advice on how you can protect yourself and others from a range of physical and online terrorist threats. Follow @LDN_prepared next week or the campaign hashtag #CTAW2016. Take a look at the Run Hide Tell video below for advice on how to stay safe.
That's all for this week, have a good weekend,
Tom, London Resilience Officer