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#30days30waysUK: September is “Preparedness Month”

Activities are taking place across the UK under the banner of #30days30waysUK to raise awareness of September as Preparedness Month. This initiative started life the US in 2010 when a… Read more

Could your phone save your life? Public emergency alerts amongst new measures to bolster UK resilience

Lord Toby Harris, Chair of the National Preparedness Commission reflects on new national resilience arrangements announced recently by Kit Malthouse, MP.   As I write, most Government announcements are on… Read more

National Preparedness Commission Roundtable on “The Data Sharing Imperative”

Here is a summary of the roundtable organised by the National Preparedness Commission to discuss the Commission’s recent research ‘The Data Sharing Imperative: Lessons from the Pandemic’. The roundtable was… Read more

New Review of London’s Preparedness to Respond to a Terrorist Attack

Five years on from his 2016 review, Chair of the National Preparedness Commission, Lord Toby Harris has been asked by Mayor Sadiq Khan to conduct a new wide-ranging review of… Read more

A state of preparedness

This article for the National Preparedness Commission by Aidan Shilson-Thomas, Senior Researcher, and Sebastian Rees, Researcher, at Reform draws on the main tenets of a recent report by Reform titled… Read more

Without Shipping, the Global Economy Sinks

‘The Suez Canal blockade is a reminder that sea freight still keeps the global economy running—and leaders and consumers ignore it at their peril.’ Elizabeth Braw, a fellow at the… Read more

Lessons on a Crisis – BBC radio programme

Evan Davis presented on 16 March a new discussion series exploring key lessons to learn from the coronavirus pandemic, a year after the eruption of the crisis in the UK…. Read more

Lord Toby Harris on why we should be a ‘just-in-case’ society

AEI’s Elisabeth Braw in conversation with Lord Toby Harris, founder of the UK National Preparedness Commission and member of UK Parliament’s Joint Committee for National Security Strategy, about moving from… Read more

Post-Covid planning: The committee aiming to protect us from disaster

The coronavirus pandemic revealed how an unexpected event originating on the other side of the world could throw our everyday lives into turmoil. Now a new committee, the National Preparedness… Read more

Disaster planning committee formed after failures in UK’s Covid response

A disaster planning committee has been formed to better equip Britain to deal with “unprecedented shocks” such as the coronavirus pandemic. The new National Preparedness Commission will meet for the… Read more