Bristol became the first City in the UK to launch a series of seminars on a new ‘warn and inform strategy’ which sees the civil authorities partnering with local businesses to improve communications on events and incidents likely to cause disruption at whatever level.
Bristol City Council in partnership with the Avon and Somerset Constabulary hosted the first of a series of seminars presented by Vocal – the award winning business continuity and communication specialists of priority alert services, and City Security and Resilience Networks (CSARN), a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to strengthening security and business continuity in commercial zones. The next seminar takes place in Milton Keynes on 28th June.
The ‘Warn and Inform’ solution, powered by Vocal’s iModus emergency notification system, successfully operates in a number of cities throughout the world. With a heightened level of security throughout the summer across the UK, civil authorities and businesses are having to work even more closely together to ensure security and safety.
The service will enable Bristol City Council and Avon and Somerset Constabulary to send emergency messages to and from the system to subscribers by pager, email and text message. The information provided by the council and the police may cover a broad range from planned events or disruptive protests, to fires, major utility disruptions, possible criminal or terrorist incidents.
Simon Creed, Civil Protection Manager, Bristol City Council, comments, “This is a good way of keeping businesses informed faster about things happening in the Bristol area. By using the iModus emergency notification system we can reach thousands of businesses instantly, and recipients will know that they are receiving information from a single, trusted source. With this system, we can achieve a coordinated, multi-agency response.” commented.
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Peter Naish, a counter terrorism security expert and advisor to the Avon and Somerset Police adds,
“In the event of a major incident the importance of communicating the relevant information to our communities cannot be underestimated. The Bristol Alert scheme is a valuable tool especially for the business community, and enables the police and authorities to warn and inform them with timely and appropriate messages”.
The ‘Warn and Inform’ programme has two solutions. The ‘iContinuity’
businesses and residents a simple tool suite with on-going advice and provides an email only alert service. The ‘priority alerts’ solution is business focused and is a subscription service that provides ‘real time’ information from a variety of communication sources including sms, email and pager.
Vocal works with cities across the country to deliver successful iContinuity and Priority Alert Services. iModus sends 20 million messages per day, helping over 1500 organisations globally, across both the public and private sector to communicate
Yesterday’s seminar programme with speakers
Building resilience in Bristol |Jim Gillman, Deputy Civil Protection Manager, Bristol City Council
The current threat | Peter Naish, Counter Terrorism Security Advisor, Avon & Somerset Constabulary
Achieving a multi-agency response | Natalie Cooper, Business Development Manager, Vocal
Communications and staff tracking during incidents and events | Daren Rapley, Regional Sales Manager, Vocal
Business security, continuity and staff safety | Richard Bingley, CEO, CSARN
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