Keeping Safe: Planning for Evacuation and Emergency Response

In light of recent atrocities that have taken place in the UK, and with regard to the nation’s current ‘Severe’ terrorism threat level, the BCA is committed to sharing official information with Members in order to help the workspace community keep safe, remain vigilant, and plan appropriately.

All information is stored securely on the BCA website. Members can log-in and access the information here.

For operators of multi-let environments, please be aware that all boroughs throughout the UK have Counter Terrorism Security Advisers (CTSAs). Find your local contact here.

The following guidance provides essential advice on how to plan for an emergency situation:

  • Review your building and business continuity plans.
  • Ensure that first aid points are fully stocked and the location of key equipment is made clear to all staff.
  • Direct your staff to the Citizen Aid app and recommend that they watch the ‘Run, Hide, Tell’ video (see below).
  • You may also wish to share and print the ‘Run, Hide, Tell’ leaflet.
  • Many of you will have innovative ways of managing your protective security. If you have a tactic or operating model that could be utilised by similar organisations to good effect, please inform NaCTSO (National Counter Terrorism Security Office) so they may share with others.
  • Finally, all terrorists use hostile reconnaissance in attack planning and you are reminded of the need to train your staff and remind them of the vital role they play in recognising hostile reconnaissance. If in doubt call the anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321 or in an emergency, call 999.

NaCTSO provides detailed protective security advice for businesses, communities and the public. This information is available from the NaCTSO website.

The BCA urges all businesses to contact their local Counter Terrorism Security Advisers (CTSA). They are specialists in their field and are trained to work with businesses to identify and assess sites that may be vulnerable to terrorist or extremist attack. CTSAs can also provide help and advice on devising and developing appropriate security plans. Find your local contact here.

You can also contact the Ministry of Defence or British Transport Police.

All of this advice plus the latest up-to-date information, as shared with the BCA, is available to view in the BCA Member portal: BCA Member log-in

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