Emergency Planning and City Centre Zoning Map

In a changing city and in a challenging times, it is always worth reviewing emergency plans and business continuity practices in the event of emergencies.

It is strongly recommended that businesses sign-up to follow local emergency services via Twitter for up-to-the minute updates including @gmpolice @ManchesterFire @NWAmbulance @MENnewsdesk @BBCBreaking @mancitycouncil. On our Twitter feeds @cityco @manchesterbid we only ever share trusted sources.

Emergencies: What to do

Manchester City Centre Evacuation Zoning Map

What should I do if an evacuation of my zone is required?

  • Follow the advice of the emergency services
  • Implement your building evacuation plan and make sure everyone is out and accounted for
  • Use security staff and other nominated staff to direct people to assembly points
  • Secure your building (if possible)
  • The emergency services will inform you of when it’s safe to return to the affected areas of the city centre.

How can I prepare?

  • You should prepare an evacuation plan for your premises and consider: how staff/visitors will be alerted. Ensure that they know what to do and where to go
  • Who has responsibility for building evacuation and how are they trained?
  • Pre-identify fire assembly points a safe distance from your building
  • Pre-identify bomb assembly points (both primary and secondary) in different zones, based on minimum cordon distances, eg. 100m, 200m and 400m
  • An assembly point outside the city centre
  • Consider the option of invacuation areas/the use of protected spaces, should an incident not warrant immediate evacuation (or in the event of a firearms attack)
  • How would you support staff or visitors with specific needs (eg. visual impairments)?
  • Prepare a ‘grab bag’ to take with you

Grab-Bag Check List

  • Torch
  • Mobile phone, charger and contact list
  • Radio
  • Information and documents
  • Keys
  • Money
  • First Aid Kit
  • Bottled water

Manchester Business Continuity Forum

The Manchester Business Continuity Forum (MBCF) is a partnership in the city that is a source of free business continuity training, advice and information to help you develop and improve your organisation’s resilience.


Greater Manchester Resilience Forum (GMRF)

The GMRF is a partnership of agencies from across the region with responsibility for coordinating and overseeing emergency planning. It’s overall purpose is to ensure that there is an appropriate level of preparedness to enable an effective multi-agency response to emergency incidents which may have significant impact.

The partners are Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service, Greater Manchester Police, North West Ambulance Service, GM Local Authorities, Department for Communities and Local Government, Animal and Plant Health Agency, Police & Crime Commissioner, Environment Agency, Ministry of Defence, NHS England, British Transport Police, Public Health England, Highways England, Met Office, Transport for Greater Manchester, United Utilities, Network Rail, Manchester Airport, Electricity North West.

Useful Links

Protecting Your Business During An Emergency
Cyber Security

NaCTSO Crowded Place Guidance

The National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) launched revised Crowded Places guidance in June 2017, aimed at those with a responsibility for security at crowded places and those who own or run businesses, organisations, amenities or utilities. It caters to a number of different sectors.

Useful Links

Crowded Place Guidance
National Counter Terrorism Security Office
Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) Awareness E-Learning

Business in the Community: BERG 10 Minute Plan

The Business Emergency Resilience Group (BERG) 10 Minute Plan is designed to help small to medium-sized businesses prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies, such as flooding, cybercrime and civil unrest.