You already play a vital role in encouraging vigilance amongst those who visit your sites, and by doing so, with the simple addition of some slightly wider messaging, could prevent hostile reconnaissance and terrorist incidents.

We’ve been giving you ‘heads up’ messages and content on the coming Martyn’s Law or Protect Duty (link to public consultation). The below assistance is a major contributor to what will be needed as a comprehensive and compliant approach to addressing the law’s requirements.

Here is a summary of 4 quick and simple ways to reassure your stakeholders through protective security communications. The full item is in the termly bulletin.

1. Clearly communicate your reporting procedures to stakeholders
Research focused on the rail environment has indicated that members of the public are inclined to report suspicious activity to transport staff and nearby businesses, not just the police.

2. Use protective security to enhance visitor experience

Knowing how to report suspicious activity is associated with visitors feeling safer whilst onsite. 

3. Take advantage of free security campaigns
Actionable security campaigns and materials can be used to build visitors’ knowledge of the correct response to an incident in or around your site.

4. Show potential hostiles that you’re prepared
As well as signalling to customers that you value their security and safety whilst on your premises, speaking about protective security can also deter hostile actors who may seek information about your site in order to plan an attack.

The language is a bit foreign to us but can be translated into actions we can take as we move forward in addressing the coming new law’s requirements. We’ll be updating relevant policies and risk assessments for you to tailor to local circumstances and offering training for the statutory roles being identified.

 

The UK Health Security Agency, (UKHSA) have issued an AMBER alert with a score of 12 (see the attached), and is in effect between 08/01/2024 at 12:00 and 12/01/2024 at 12:00.
For us to take into account they advise:
General Overview – Significant impacts are probable across the health and social care sector due to forecast weather conditions, including: observed increase in mortality across the population, particularly in the 65+ age group or those with certain underlying health conditions, but impacts may also be seen in younger age groups; increased demand for remote health care services likely; internal temperatures in care settings (e.g. hospitals, care homes and primary care settings) may fall below recommended threshold for clinical risk assessment; maintaining indoor temperatures at recommended 18°c may become challenging for some, leading to increased risk of vulnerable people; staffing issues due to external factors (e.g. travel delays); other sectors may start to observe impacts (e.g. transport and energy).
Organisations providing health and social care should be aware of the advice and guidance set out in the Adverse Weather and Health Plan, as to the actions necessary before and during a Cold-Health Alert Period.
Further Advice and guidance
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Do also refer to our previously issued winter weather advice here

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What a way to start 2024! The Met Office has issued an AMBER warning focusing on the winds associated with named storm: HENK. It covers all of our local operational area.

  
The timescale of the warning is in place, at present, between 10:00 AM on Tuesday 2nd January 2024 and 20:00 PM on Tuesday 2nd Jan 2024.
They say:
  

Storm Henk will bring a spell of very strong winds, causing disruption to travel and utilities.

  

What to expect

 

  • Longer journey times and cancellations likely, as road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected
  • Some roads and bridges likely to close
  • Probably some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs
  • Flying debris is likely and could lead to Injuries or danger to life
  • There is a good chance that power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage, and
  • Injuries and danger to life is likely from large waves and beach material being thrown onto coastal roads, sea fronts and properties.
Gusts of 70-80 mph are likely on exposed coasts in the west. Inland, gusts of 50-60 mph are more probable, but perhaps briefly 60-70 mph in one or two places. 
  
Driving in these conditions can be dangerous, if you must drive, you can do this more safely by taking the following actions:
  
  • drive slowly to minimise the impact of wind gusts
  • be aware of high sided vehicles/caravans on more exposed roads and be cautious when overtaking, and 
  • give cyclists, motorcyclists, lorries and buses more room than usual. 
Being outside in high winds makes you more vulnerable to injury. Stay indoors as much as possible. If you do go out, try not to walk, or shelter, close to buildings and trees. 
  
Carefully check for loose items outside and, if possible, safely secure them. Items include mobile play equipment, bins, garden furniture, trampolines, tents, sheds and fences.
   
Be particularly cautious in coastal and high/exposed areas.
  
Prepare for potential power cuts now. Are your torches ready with spare batteries, or are they wound up to charge them? Have you got mobile phone power packs and other essential items ready?
  

Further info about the warning can be found at:

Weather warning for Bristol