International Models of Emergency Management Involving Civil Society

The National Preparedness Commission commissioned an 18 month research programme entitled ‘Towards a Resilient Democracy’, funded by the JRSST Charitable Trust. The fourth in a series of reports by Dr… Read more

British Red Cross Research on Flooding in the UK

Imagine a nation that is perfectly prepared for flooding. What does the social contract between government and citizen look like in this scenario? Broadly, we might imagine that on one… Read more

Preparedness efforts for health threats: the gap between detection and action

The World Health Organisation (WHO) was highly criticised for its delay in declaring Covid-19 as a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) via social media and a public investigation,… Read more

Anticipatory Reasoning: The Role of Data in National Preparedness

Back in September 2022, NPC published a paper by Professor John Beckford on “A Systemic Perspective on National Preparedness”, which identified a set of themes to be explored in a… Read more

Is this the Yellow Brick Road?

Just before Parliament rose for the Christmas Recess, the long-awaited UK Government Resilience Framework was quietly published via a Written Ministerial Statement on 19th December.  The UKGRF is the resilience… Read more

Dame Jo da Silva 2022 RDI Address on Building Resilient Cities and Communities

On 18th November 2022, NPC Commissioner Dame Jo da Silva RDI gave the 2022 RDI Address. Her talk (reposted here with kind permission) focuses on her personal journey and growing… Read more

Engineering National and International Preparedness: Lessons from COVID-19

The Royal Academy of Engineering recently published a global review of the engineering response to COVID-19. The report brings together contributions and case studies, based on interviews with over fifty… Read more

The Role of Industry in Sweden’s Total Defence: Past, Present, and Future

In anticipation of an article to be published by NPC in early 2023, Par Malmberg, Chair, Swedish Government’s Inquiry into the Security of Supply, shares the article’s main themes on… Read more

The Thames Barrier as a case study in preparedness

Since 1982, partial protection against moderate to high levels of tidal flooding has been provided by the Thames Barrier at Greenwich. Flooding in central London is possible from a range… Read more

The Yarrow View

In this blog post Lord Toby Harris, Chair of the National Preparedness Commission, shares his thoughts on the news that plans to cope with power outages are being “stress tested”… Read more