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Something to watch!

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Recent earthquakes around the Teneguía volcano on La Palma in the Canaries suggest that the mountain is becoming more active. Previous studies have suggested potentially severe consequences should a major eruption occur.
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A Citizens' Army - the ELSC

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The ELSC or Staff Corps is a valuable contribution to the UK's military establishment, proving expertise and skills in emergencies and disasters. As the government looks at a civilian reservist cadre, the ELSC provides an example of a long-standing service.
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If crisis or war comes

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First appearing on the National Preparedness Commission's website, Ed Persson, an Executive Assistant with the Commission has turned his knowledge of Sweden’s preparedness measures into lessons for the UK in an emergency.
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What are the decarbonisation opportunities for the aviation sector and which technologies can help?

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The aviation industry is one of the hardest sectors to decarbonise as no low-emission alternatives currently exist for long-distance flights that can match the speed of air travel. However, technology is emerging that can decarbonise short- and medium-haul flights and help achieve net-zero aviation.
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What are the decarbonisation possibilities for the manufacturing sector and which technologies can help?

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The manufacturing sector is a large part of the economy and decarbonisation will be a major undertaking. Manufacturing has been characterised as a significant source of carbon emissions as it uses a lot of energy and relies on fossil-fuel-burning transportation.
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Adapting to change

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If you haven’t heard of the Choluteca Bridge then you are in the majority. But it is worth learning more as this bridge in Honduras is a symbol for what can happen if we are not prepared to adapt when the world around us changes in profound ways.  
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The prospect of social unrest

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The danger of civil unrest on the back of the Covid-19 pandemic cannot be discounted. A recent report by SAGE outlined some of the risks and challenges for the government, particularly the police. A survey by a student from UCL reinforces the concerns of some and lack of preparedness of others beyond the basic level. A historical perspective is also offered.
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July newsletter is now out!

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The July edition of the Resilience First newsletter focuses on a green, resilient recovery. Several articles from external contributors such as the Environment Agency and UK Green Building Council provide some insights to coincide with London Climate Action Week.
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A second wave?

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The prospect of a second, or even a third, wave of the current Coronoavirus pandemic cannot be discounted. History tells us that we should be alert to a danger which would have a greater or lesser impact and affect a different age group.
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Safer public places

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To help adapt and manage public and green spaces in order to facilitate social distancing, the government has issued guidance on some of the principles to adopt as well as the identification of key issues and management considerations.
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Facing a hot summer

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As this summer may see more high-temperature records being broken, it is appropriate to focus on what events and actions are planned to raise awareness of the 'heat island' effects in urban areas.
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NIC Report - Anticipate, React, Recover: Resilient infrastructure systems

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The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) published its final report on national infrastructure resilience on 28 May. 'The Commission’s framework provides a road map ... and I urge government, regulators and businesses to consider its lessons and get to work on implementing them.' (Chair, Resilience First)
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Protect Duty

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In the April edition of Professional Security, Resilience First explored the Protect Duty responsibility of government. An update, with a response from the Minister for Security, is provided here.
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Flybe is no more

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The resilience of airlines is being severely tested with a competitive market, the cost of operating and now the hit on passenger numbers with the coronavirus outbreak. The latest casualty is Flybe. It follows the path of Monarch and Thomas Cook. 
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The Coronavirus outbreak - Lessons from SARS/MERS for business

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Introduction

The outbreak of the Coronavirus (designated WN-CoV or 2019-nCoV) originating in China is viewed in the UK as a high-consequence infectious disease and a 'moderate' health risk. It is being carefully monitored by the World Health Organization (WHO) which has now declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. (See Useful References below.)

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Learning Lessons

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The first phase report of the Grenfell Tower inquiry has highlighted the importance of learning lessons so as to avoid other tragedies. This article considers what the broader lessons to be learnt might be.
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Lessons from a crisis

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The October edition of Professional Security magazine features the third of a series of articles on resilience by Resilience First. This item looks at the lessons from Chief Security Officers (CSOs) outlined at a presentation to members on 9 July.
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Airports – the new centre of attention

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With the collapse of Monarch in 2017 and now the demise of Thomas Cook, the travel industry – and particularly airports – is facing unprecedented pressures. The return of around 150,000 passengers to the UK, known as Operation Matterhorn, is the largest repatriation since WW2. This will place strains on airlines and airports alike: both need to demonstrate resilience.

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CT Summer Security

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Staff at the UK’s biggest summer events are to be trained in how to react in the event of a terrorist incident as part of Counter Terrorism Policing’s second annual ‘Summer Security’ campaign.

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The Global Village – London’s community resilience and lessons from elsewhere

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Marshall McLuhan coined the term “the Global Village” over half a century ago. The inference was that everywhere had become our neighbourhood. Through media coverage of other countries we know something of what it is like to be threatened by ISIS, to suffer extreme weather or to be exposed to fallout from a nuclear accident. In effect, what happens “over there” doesn’t stay over there. We cannot insulate ourselves from the dynamics that affect resilience elsewhere in the world.