Preparing Scotland

You don’t have to live in Scotland, UK, to benefit from the new guidance issued by their government in Preparing Scotland.  It’s perfectly good practice to take a look and borrow anything that would help your own planning.

It’s a well structured, good-looking guidance that’s logical and easy-to-follow – essential features of any useful document.  It’s approach may be useful to anyone seeking ideas to make business continuity plans more user-friendly.

It also has some very good information for anyone in the UK, including concise explanations of Strategic/Tactical/Operational command protocols (often known as Gold/Silver/Bronze), the UK’s Civil Contingencies Act, and the duties of those involved in responding to emergencies.

Issued in March 2012, the document is split into the following sections:

Section 1 – Resilience: Philosophy & Structures

  • Definition of resilience
  • Purpose of Guidance
  • Legislation
  • Cat 1 and Cat 2 rsponders
  • Integrated Emergency Management
  • Management Structures
  • Command & Control Co-ordination
  • Operational/Tactical/Strategic
  • Governance Structures
  • Preparation Stage
  • Response/Recovery Stage
  • Emergency Powers

Section 2 – Mandatory Requirements and Recommended Good Practice

  • Assessing risk
  • Emergency plans
  • Business continuity plans
  • Promoting business continuty
  • Communicating with the public
  • Sharing information
  • Co-operaton
  • Other legislation: COMAH, PSR, REPPIR
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