On This Day in History – Toddbrook Reservoir

The media last week was full of dramatic images of flooding in London: the disruption to Tube stations and two major hospitals causing particular concern.  But, exactly two years ago, we were facing an even more serious flooding incident here in the High Peak. Sustained rainfall through late July 2019 had filled Toddbrook Reservoir to […]

Toddbrook Reservoir – What Went Wrong?

Two reports have now been completed into the cause of the failure of the slipway at Toddbrook Reservoir in Whaley Bridge on 1st August 2019: The “Toddbrook Reservoir Independent Review Report” by Professor David Balmforth, commissioned by DEFRA; and “Report on the Nature and Root Cause of the Toddbrook Reservoir Auxiliary Spillway Failure on 1st […]

Coronavirus, Floods and now Product Recalls!

Understandably, media attention in the UK is focused on the growing threat of Coronavirus and the two recent severe weather events. However, as well as these ongoing high-profile stories; there has also been a recent spate of food product recalls. We have been tracking the number of food product recalls on the FSA website for […]

Impact of Severe Weather Events Falling (at Least in the UK)

It often feels like the news is filled with stories of more and more devastating natural disasters around the world.  Even here in the UK, the perception is of an increasing incidence of extreme weather events; but, interestingly, data would suggest that this is not the case. I recently came across the excellent EM-DAT Emergency Events […]

Voters Reward Disaster Relief but not Disaster Prevention

I came across a fascinating article recently by Andrew Healy and Neil Malhotra entitled “Myopic Voters and Natural Disaster Policy”.  The authors reconciled local data from across the US on government spending on various aspects of disaster preparedness and disaster relief, with election results in each area.  Their key finding was that politicians were rewarded, […]

Water Biscuit supply dries up

It has just been announced that the production of Carr’s Water Biscuits has been halted for a couple of months due to the recent floods in Carlisle during December 2015.  United Biscuits have run advertisements in The Times explaining that they had been unable to source alternative ovens that were suitable for making the biscuits. […]

Flooding highlights benefits of Business Continuity

Residents of flood-hit areas of Cumbria and Scotland have started their clear-up, whilst Lancaster is still without power, and Lancaster University had brought forward the end of term.  Some 42,ooo homes are still without power, and many businesses are without power and/or have been flooded, including the McVities factory in Carlisle, last flooded in 2005. […]

Calling BUPA

At what point should businesses be able to move from an incident response and return to Business As Usual?  How quickly should services be returned to 100% capacity?   Widespread flooding has impacted large swathes of southern England, impacting residential areas and businesses alike.  One of the businesses impacted was BUPA who, some weeks on […]

Business Continuity or Business As Usual?

Flooding and Tube strikes would seem to have little in common, yet in terms of Business Continuity and a business response, they could be viewed in much the same way! Take flooding.  This is nothing new, and happens most years somewhere in the United Kingdom.  Admittedly, this year has seen the highest rain since records […]

Rain, wind and snow

Whilst the UK has been battered with wind and rain over the last couple of weeks, with some coastal areas suffering substantial damage and both inland and coastal areas experiencing flooding, over in the US, there have been freezing conditions, with temperatures plummeting down below -50 (including wind chill). Both situations have highlighted the difficulties […]