Articles

Severed ties: how cutting internet cables hurts local everyday life and global geopolitical relationships

In this article Liane Hartley, NPC Consultant explores the questions raised about the physical resilience of the internet following a well organised and targeted attack on critical long-distance internet cables… Read more

New research finds that stronger democracies have seen fewer excess deaths during Covid-19

A recent study by UCL researchers explored the link between the strength of democratic governance and excess Covid-19 death rates across countries. The study found that, generally, countries with stronger democratic… Read more

The Race to Resilience in the UK

In this article, Emma Howard Boyd, Chair, Environment Agency talks about the need for our infrastructure to be more resilient if we are to avoid financial as well as climate… Read more

A Population Prepared? Preparing Ourselves and our Families

In this blogpost, NPC Executive Director Katie Barnes reflects on what we learned about individual and society-wide preparedness for adverse events from our experience of the Covid-19 pandemic, and what… Read more

Turning learnings into legacies for Grenfell survivors

When emergencies happen, communities respond to meet the needs of the people involved.  Benefitting from a deep understanding of the local community, including insight into the needs and concerns of… Read more

Five years on from Grenfell and the 2017 terror attacks, we must put survivor learnings front and centre.

Thelma Stober is a survivor of the 7/7 London bombings, Deputy Lieutenant for Greater London, and Co-Chair of the Grenfell Memorial Commission. She is also a Trustee of the National… Read more

Civil Contingencies Act Independent Review Round Table

Here is a summary of the roundtable organised by the National Preparedness Commission (NPC) to discuss the report on the independent review of the Civil Contingencies Act and its Supporting… Read more

Government Response to the Report of the Risk Committee

In this article, Rt Hon Lord James Arbuthnot comments on the Government’s response to a report by the Special Select Committee of the House of Lords on Risk Assessment and… Read more

Exploring principles for resilient infrastructure

Professor Liz Varga is Professor of Complex Systems at University College London and a Commissioner of the National Preparedness Commission. Here, Professor Varga offers an overview of her work to develop a set of principles or shared goals for national infrastructure resilience, with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.

London Prepared: A City-Wide Endeavour

This commentary by Lord Toby Harris for the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and is reproduced here with RUSI’s permission. Last summer, Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, asked me… Read more