Did you know Stoke-on-Trent was the first city in the United Kingdom to be awarded Resilient City Status by the
United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Resilience (UNISDR) as part of their “Making Cities Resilient”
As a result of this status, Stoke-on-Trent was asked to represent the United Kingdom, along with Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) which is another UK Resilient City, in a project called the Disaster-Resilient Scorecard.
The scorecard is based on the campaign’s ten essentials – United Nation's Office for Disaster Risk Reduction's list of top priorities for building urban resilience to disasters — and has been developed by IBM and the global planning, design and engineering firm AECOM.
The scorecard has been made available free to any city to help them assess their resilience to natural hazards. While some hazards such as earthquakes and tsunamis have always been present, others such as floods, hurricanes, tornados or extreme heat events are expected to increase in number and seriousness due to the changing weather. With growing populations and building development putting more lives and economic activity in harm’s way, it is imperative that the world’s cities learn to understand and manage the risks that they face.
Now for the first time, the development of the scorecard provides a tool to measure a city’s progress in disaster resilience and for them to develop a prioritised list of actions to be taken make any required improvements.
The overall aim of the Disaster-Resilient Scorecard project is to trial the use of the scorecard and make it easier to understand, complete and accessible to all cities around the world. Stoke-on-Trent and Manchester will be working with three other resilient cities, Amadora in Portugal, Jonkoping and Arvika both in Sweden on the year and half long project to fully evaluate the use of the Scorecard in practice.
For further information on Resilient Cities you can visit the UNISDR page on Making Cities Resilient
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The Civil Contingencies Act 2004:
- Delivers a single framework for civil protection in the United Kingdom.
- Establishes a clear set of roles and responsibilities for those involved in emergency preparation and response at the local level.
- Divides local responders into two categories, imposing a different set of duties on each.
- As a local authority we are classed as a Category 1 which means that we would (along with the emergency services and the NHS) be at the core of the response to the emergency.
Under the Civil Contingencies Act we have to:
- put in place emergency plans;
- put in place business continuity management arrangements;
- put in place arrangements to make information available to the public about civil protection matters and maintain arrangements to warn, inform and advise the public in the event of an emergency;
- share information with other local responders to enhance co-ordination;
- co-operate with other local responders to enhance co-ordination and efficiency; and
- provide advice and assistance to businesses and voluntary organisations about business continuity management (Local Authorities only).
- Stoke-on-Trent City Council is part of Staffordshire Resilience Forum (SRF), bringing together all the emergency responders in Staffordshire. For more information about how civil contingencies works in Staffordshire, visit www.staffordshireprepared.gov.uk