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The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse - the Cabinet Office's stabling arrangements

"As announced in the National Security Strategy, the Government has published a National Risk Register which sets out our assessment of the likelihood and potential impact of a range of different risks that may directly affect the UK". Source

Which is nice, isn't it?
Judging from Figure one above, (page 7 in the full report) , electronic attacks and attacks on transport (those pesky Methodist fundamentalists...) are reckoned more likely than animal disease, flooding and major transport accidents. Given that the Fenians are resting and the, cough, Methodist fundamentalists appear incapable of finding their own backsides even when aided by a bank of klieg lights, both hands and access to phone a friend, this strikes me as either alarmist re terrorism, or showing utter complacency about natural disasters and transport matters.

Enough of the serious stuff, on with teasing out 'Protect and Survive' style advice like 'hide in a ditch'.

Organisations first:

3.6 "Organisations may wish to put in place measures to maintain essential business activities for several weeks in the event of high levels of staff absence". Well strike me down with the proverbial...

3.12 "Loss of mains electricity can affect lighting, heating, air conditioning and electronic equipment". Fancy...

Individuals

4.3 ..take time to find out:... how to tune in to your local radio station
4.4 ... Make sure 999 has been called if people are injutred or if there is a threat to life.
4.10 It is important to consider how you might cope if your land line and mobile phone were out of action
4.14 - Covering the nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing

No doubt the Four Horsemen will turn tail and head off in search of a more ill-prepared populace when they read this.

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Blogger Nick Drew said... 4:33 pm

what a pile of ordure this document is

- how can an influenza pandemic of the highest-impact be more likely than inland flooding, and of the same likelihood as severe weather ???

- why would the impact of a bad industrial accident be worse than an attack on critical infrastructure ???

I could go on

mercifully, what goes on behind the scenes is greatly superior in quality: the problem is, they feel compelled to publish stuff, and we end up with this infantile, sanitised tosh, a complete insult to the intelligence (and to the Intelligence, for that matter)  



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