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Friday, November 23 2018

So often we focus on major incident scenarios that will rarely occur, for example a fire.  However, every year there is a major risk of business disruption as a result of the severe weather we experience - witnessed by the "Beast from the East" in 2017.  As snow has fallen in the UK this week please find below some BC considerations to aid you in your preparations.


  • Is everyone accounted for? (at work or traveling)
  • What is the potential impact on key skilled personnel?
  • Is there sufficient gritting/snow clearing to keep paths clear – can staff be asked to help?
  • Do staff working outside have appropriate clothing for the conditions?
  • For staff working from home, do they have suitable work environment, and can they access the server?
  • For those travelling to work, are their vehicles suitable and do they have spare / warm clothing, blankets, sleeping bags, thermos flask etc.  Given that Line Managers might also be unavailable, is there a central work number to call in case of a major delay?
  • Does a Department rely on another Department for an activity? If so, is the other Department still able to deliver it?
  • If there was an emergency during this severe weather period, eg cyber-attack through to burst pipe or chemical leak, can sufficient responders mobilise to deal with it?


  • Are valuable assets suitably heated/protected.
  • Suitable protection from frozen pipes.
  • Supply of fuel
  • Resupply of raw materials, food, consumables etc.
  • Gritting/snow clearing of paths, loading bays and car-parking areas.
  • Potential risk from falling icicles/snow from buildings.
  • Are there any areas of “suspicious” brickwork or masonry that might become lose and a risk as a result of the freezing conditions?
  • Consideration of potential flooding following a rise in temperature.
  • Potential loss of electricity due to power lines being brought down.


  • Recommend that, where possible, key staff take IT home with them in case they can’t get to work the following day, and whatever paperwork might be required (within security limits).
  • If not already practised, recommend that everyone tests their ability to log on from home and access folders.
  • From experience, when the “Home Working” option is maximised, data speed and connectivity reduces.  Is there an IT help-desk available for home workers?
  • If there is an issue with IT during this period, can sufficient IT personnel be activated to make the repair?

Supply Chain

  • Are there critical supplies that could be delayed – including mail, water, food?
  • Is there potential for distribution disruption that may impact on your contractual obligations?
  • Grit and salt supplies will be a premium.  Consider when to re-order so that your stocks are maintained.
  • Could your waste management be disrupted, if so how long before becomes critical?
Posted by: Inverroy Crisis Management Ltd AT 08:23 am   |  Permalink   |  1 Comment  |  Email
Great advice, Matthew! All to often the supply chain is neglected, and a review of ones plans is always useful! Great blog, and I hope to read more of them!!
Posted by Chris on 24/11/2018 - 12:03 PM

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