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Emergency Planning in Manchester City Centre
In an ever changing city centre landscape, with risks and threats evolving and emerging, it is always worth reviewing emergency planning procedures in the event of an acute or major incident.
We advise you to keep business continuity practices up-to-date.
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If you are a CityCo or Manchester BID Member, and have have any concerns you would like to raise with CityCo’s Operations team direct, especially if urgent, please call 07917 058 412.
City Centre Evacuation Zones
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
- Mobile phone, charger and contact list
- Information and documents
- First Aid Kit
- Bottled water
Greater Manchester Resilience Forum
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.
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.
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.