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Project Ripple

Mariola Smallman,  Principal Emergency Planning Officer, blogs on Project Ripple – an event held for businesses to explore their business continuity arrangements and considerations in the event of a flooding scenario.

Project Ripple was a completely free half day event, which was attended by over 30 delegates from across the City. Some delegates’ businesses had experienced flooding at their premises, while others hadn’t, but at the exercise they were all faced with a day that started with typical bad weather that just got worse!

As the scenario unfolded before, during and after a flood, the delegates were asked questions about their arrangements and considerations.  At each stage professional partners and emergency services provided their expert input. Contributions were made by the Environment Agency; West Midlands Fire Service; and Birmingham City Council.  The Met Office prepared their presentation but was unfortunately unable to attend but key messages about the new Met Office weather warning system were provided anyway.

The event concluded with our guest speaker, Ray Nicholls, a local businessman who shared his experiences of the Witton flooding of 2007.  Ray’s key messages included “Be Prepared” and “Be properly insured”. 

All of us at Birmingham Resilience Team were very grateful to all our speakers, but special thanks go to Ray for sharing his experience.

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