Working together for a resilient Birmingham.


Birmingham City Centre

On behalf of the Birmingham Resilience Group, Birmingham City Council has worked closely with partners to develop an evacuation plan for Birmingham. The Birmingham Evacuation Plan provides a framework for how multi-agencies will work together to evacuate any area within Birmingham in response to an alert or a major incident including terrorist attack, major fire or natural disaster.

An outline of the plan is described in Chapter 6 of the ‘Working Together’ plan.

I work or live in the city centre. How will I know that an evacuation is required?

An evacuation will normally be coordinated by the Police working with partner agencies and a variety of communication methods may be used, including:

What should I do if an evacuation of my building / location is required?

Practical steps for city centre premises/business owners

Under UK health and safety legislation, ALL premises must have an evacuation plan. It is good practice to have separate fire and bomb evacuation procedures.  When developing evacuation plans refer to the ‘Keep Your Business In Business’ (KYBIB) handbook developed by West Midlands Arson Task Force which contains some useful pointers, some of which are also legal requirements upon business management under existing fire safety legislation.

In addition, you should consider including the following in your plans:

Birmingham Community Alert Scheme

Birmingham Community Alert is a service for all residents and businesses in Birmingham.  Importantly, you will be able to receive emergency text or voice messages during an emergency incident.

Emergency messages are usually delivered by SMS (text messages), but messages can be delivered by landline, fax, e-mails and pagers.

A message on evacuation may include:

Birmingham Community Alert is quick and easy to sign up to by going to our secure online sign up form. You can also sign up by text message by sending a message to 83118 with ALERT followed by your postcode.

Where can I get more information?

Two initiatives which may be of interest to local businesses and run by West Midlands Police are Project Griffin and Project Argus.  For more information visit:

Project Argus

Project Griffin