Lord Kerslake Independent review into the Manchester Arena Attack

Greater Manchester plans and prepares for a wide range of events but it is understood that every incident or event is unique and it is important to learn lessons around how prepared the city region was for the attack on May 22, 2017, and how we responded to the event. Unfortunately it is possible there will be future attacks here or elsewhere in the UK and it is paramount we continue to review and improve our approach.

The review has identified what a range of responding agencies did well on the night and during the following week that helped people as well as what could have been done better. The outcomes of this exercise will ensure we fully prepare for any future incidents here in Greater Manchester and also share our learning across the country. At the same time we are learning from colleagues in London and in international cities where there have been terrorist attacks too.

The Kerslake Arena Review has published the final report, further information can be found on the News page.

Contact details for people living in or concerned about fire safety in high-rise buildings

FOLLOWING the horrific fire at Grenfell Tower in London and in direct response to the concerns of residents in similar buildings in Greater Manchester, the Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham has set up a housing taskforce, which is being led by Salford City Mayor Councillor Paul Dennett and supported by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS). 

The taskforce includes landlords of tower blocks across the city region in both private and public ownership, as well as representatives from every local authority in Greater Manchester and other specialist officers who can offer support to ensure every high rise is safe and receives the right fire safety advice. 

Specialist officers from GMFRS have already carried out visits to identify any immediate issues which give cause for concern and have carried out a major joint inspection, alongside housing providers, in every building where the cladding has failed the Building Research Establishment tests. 

Be reassured that landlords with any building where the cladding has failed the test have put in place significant measures to minimise the risk to residents in the event of a fire. These include evacuation plans and 24-hour security patrols in the buildings. 

If you have any concerns about the safety of your building you can email highrise@manchesterfire.gov.uk check www.manchesterfire.gov.uk for more information or ring 0800 555815.

ACT: Action Counters Terrorism

Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) is a national campaign by Counter Terrorism Policing urging the public to act on their instincts to help tackle the terrorist threat to the UK.  The public already contribute intelligence to around a third of the most serious terrorism investigations. This new campaign reassures communities that they shouldn’t be concerned about wasting police time or getting someone into trouble.

100RC Resilient Greater Manchester

100RC 2016

100 Resilient Cities - Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) helps cities around the world become more resilient to social, economic, and physical challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century.  Greater Manchester was selected to the 100-city global network in May 2016, and will receive technical support and resources to develop and implement a Resilience Strategy. More information on 100RC including the Greater Manchester Agenda Setting Workshop Summary report is available here

Greater Manchester is a particpant of the UNISDR Disaster Resilience Scorecard project

U Score Project

Greater Manchester is a Role Model member of the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Recovery (UNISDR) Making My City Resilient Campaign. As part of the campaign, Greater Manchester participated in the U-SCORE project which has resulted in the production of a Disaster Resilience Scorecard to enable cities across the world to measure their resilience against the UNISDR 'Ten Essentials' checklist. More information is available here.

 

City Resilience - Developing a National Standard

With the support of BEIS,  The British Standards Institution are engaging stakeholders during the development of a new city resilience guidance standard. The standard itself will help city leaders and managers to appreciate the strategic value of resilience for their city and to take appropriate steps to build greater resilience.

British Red Cross Community Volunteers

The British Red Cross Community Reserve Volunteer programme is a new way for local people to help out in their communities at times of major emergencies.

The programme is open to anyone who is over 18 and living in the UK and does not require any specialist skills from the volunteers.

In the event of a major incident or emergency, the British Red Cross will send out a text alert to volunteers and they will choose whether to help out at that time. There is no prior commitment required.

The volunteers will assist regular Red Cross Volunteers with practical tasks needed at the time such as, preparing kit and equipment, filling sandbags, sorting supplies and making refreshments.

Signing up to the programme is a short and simple process that is done online at www.redcross.org/reserves

You will watch a short video and complete a simple registration process with a mix of questions about personal information, contact details and questions that aim to inform volunteers about the role. The process should not take more than 10 minutes.

Several hundred volunteers have already taken part in the pilot programme, all with their own reasons for getting involved.  

You can find out more about this exciting new opportunity at www.reserves.redcross.org.uk or via

 

Uscore2: Making Cities Resilient City-to-City Peer Review Tool

 

USCORE2

 

Uscore2 is a project that aims to design and test a generic, practical, city-to-city, disaster risk reduction peer review tool for cities across EU member states and beyond via the UNISDR Making Cities Resilient campaign (MCR). The project will involve collaborative work between the municipalities of Salford, Amadora and Viggiano as well as the University of Manchester, UNISDR, the Department of Communities and Local Government (UK), Portuguese National Authority of Civil Protection and the Associazione di Protezione Civile Gruppo Lucano (Italy).