Online resource packed full of protection guidance around the county’s top risks.  

It takes 106 multi-agency plans to manage the 86 emergencies that could occur over an 3079km² area to keep the county’s 1.53m residents safe – but the Lancashire Resilience Forum (LRF) has it covered and has shared its expertise on a brand new website. 

Resources at www.lancashireprepared.org.uk will help business-owners and managers to understand and assess the likely impact of a disruptive incident and be prepared with a plan in place to help them ride whatever storm they might face. 

The top nine risks for Lancashire are: flooding, storms and gales, pandemic, cold weather and snow, heatwave, wildfires, industrial incident, loss of essential services and terrorist attack. The Protect your business pages outline the potential impact of each of these emergencies on business operations, and provide: 

  • Information, links and downloads to help businesses prepare for the worst-case scenario with a recovery strategy ready. 

  • Details of how to create a Business Continuity Plan, which will identify the elements a company cannot afford to lose, such as information, stock, premises, staff, equipment, utilities and cash flow, along with planning on how to maintain them if an incident occurs. 

Wider guidance on the website provides Lancashire residents with:  

  • Protect yourself pages, with practical guidance, links and downloads to help people prepare themselves and their families for an emergency, including making a household plan and what to include in an emergency pack. 

  • National, regional and local news affecting Lancashire. 

  • Case studies and personal stories around how agencies and the public have come together to face crises in their communities. 

  • The opportunity to sign up for alerts about risks in local areas. 

  • Regular posts with signposting on Facebook and Twitter and LinkedIn @LancsResilience - beginning with 30 days of tips, facts, quizzes and signposting in support of September’s national campaign for Preparedness Month - #30Days30WaysUK. 

The LRF brings together partners including the emergency services, local authorities, health services, the Environment Agency, utility and transport companies and voluntary groups. They work together to ensure that if and when an emergency occurs, they are prepared to respond together and minimise any impact. The forum carries out continuous training and testing to make sure they are ready for incidents, learning from emergencies when they happen to improve future response. 

“Our priority is making sure that residents in Lancashire have the right information to help them plan, prepare and respond to risks and emergencies should they arise,” said Liz Riding, LRF Warning and Informing Group Chair. 

“Our social media channels and the website create a central point for key tips and all the information they may need. Working together makes all the difference, and there is so much the public can do to help us to help them in an emergency, then recover with as little damage as possible. Please join forces with us by signing up for alerts on the website and spreading the word on social media.” 

To mark the launch of the new website, the LRF has prepared an emergency pack to give away. To be in with a chance to win it, all entrants have to do is sign up to receive alerts by Tuesday 4th October 2022. 

The emergency pack includes a rucksack, wind-up radio with torch, first aid kit, snow shovel for the car, a blanket, a copy of the household emergency plan, pens and a notepad, and a £100 Amazon voucher. 

Editor’s note 

The Lancashire Resilience Forum (LRF) is a partnership of over 70 agencies who work together to ensure that if and when an emergency occurs they are prepared to respond together and minimise any impact. 

The LRF is one of a number of Local Resilience Forums across England established in response to the Civil Contingencies Act (CCA) 2004 to provide a new legislative framework for civil protection in the event of emergencies in the UK. Partner agencies have a duty to consider the hazards that feature in Lancashire, assess the impacts of the risk and provide this information to the public in a Community Risk Register

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