Resilience Week aims to prepare Scots for emergencies

Scottish Resilience Week begins today (Monday 7 November), highlighting the benefits of preparing for different emergencies and explaining actions that businesses and individuals can take to prepare for a wide range of eventualities.

The week is part of the Scottish Government’s Ready Scotland campaign and covers contingency planning for threats, including severe weather, cyber-crime, disruption to business, and ill-health or accidents. 

The Scottish Government is a member of The Prince’s Business Emergency Resilience Group (BERG), a BITC initiative that helps businesses and communities across the UK to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies.

Ready Scotland is asking individuals, businesses and communities across Scotland to get involved in Resilience Week by sharing advice, tips and examples of best practice. It is also a chance to show support for the work, processes and people that make Scotland’s communities, businesses and homes more resilient to disruption. 

The challenge around business resilience is highlighted by Andy Willox, Scottish policy convenor of the Federation of Small Businesses:

“Every small Scottish business should have a business continuity plan in case of emergency. Firms need to ask themselves what would happen if a key member of staff wasn’t able to come in, or bad weather made travel difficult, or if their firm faced a cyber-attack. Smaller firms don’t have the cash reserves or staff resources of larger organisations, and so prevention and preparation are absolutely key.” 

Access a wealth of information and advice on the Ready Scotland website.

Follow the conversation and share tips at hashtag #ReadyScotland on Twitter and Facebook.