The disused Aldwych station will be used as the location for the live test. To facilitate the exercise Surrey Street, WC2R will be closed between the Strand and Temple Place from 0700 until 1900. The test is being staged as if it is August 8 and 9, two very busy days during the Olympics. Emergency response will be by the Met, British Transport Police, London Fire Brigade and London Ambulance Service.
The Met Police stated “The exercise is part of a National counter terrorism exercise programme, run by the Home Office, but is a key part of the testing of the readiness for the London Olympic and Paralympic Games.”
Kim Moore, Head of Marketing at Vocal commented, “It is well documented and proven that the ability for agencies to communicate in real time is a key component of this type of exercise. Our iModus notification system has been used extensively by a number of organisations and agencies directly around preparedness for the Olympics.”
Moore continued, “Exercises can also test how senior decision makers manage the impact of an incident. Business should follow the lead taken by today’s multi-agency exercise and take the time to review how they intend to communicate with staff, quickly and efficiently both as part of a business continuation program and as an emergency response. We also recommend that they practice, test and validate their plans through a live exercise scenario."
Vocal will be launching a campaign next week, to help support businesses prepare for the impact of the Games. During the campaign, a roadmap will unfold, guiding companies through the stages of preparation, providing practical information along the way. Information will include identifying risks, preparing business continuity plans, communications strategies and ensuring plans have been exercised. A live exercise, which any company can take part in, is being held on 03 April 2012, in London. Organisations can follow Vocal on twitter @vocalltd for new information as it is released.
View a map showing road closures as a result of the exercise.
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