Staying safe: how to be prepared in the modern world

Have you ever considered what you would do in an emergency? How would you keep yourself and others safe? In today’s uncertain world, it’s important to understand the likelihood of an emergency occurring and how to be more prepared. Understanding risk and improving personal resilience is key to effective emergency preparedness and response. Daily emergencies happen worldwide, however hearing about them depends on your location and the circumstances of the emergency.

Staying Safe: How to be Prepared in the Modern World is a free online course produced by The Emergency Planning College (EPC) in partnership with Serco, an international service company that manages the EPC for and on behalf of the Cabinet Office Civil Contingencies Secretariat. The course has been designed to help individuals develop their own personal resilience and to understand the ‘what ifs’. This will allow them to plan how to deal with them, prioritise them and lessen the affects to the individual and their family. It is ideal if you want to understand the actual risks to you and your family, and how to be prepared in an emergency. Professionals who may be involved in community resilience planning may also find the course beneficial.

Topics covered include:

  • Identifying types of emergencies
  • Risks, hazards and threats assessment
  • Impact and consequences of emergencies
  • Developing emergency plans
  • Individually preparing for emergencies
  • Developing personal resilience

And by the end of the course, individuals will be able to:

  • Assess the likelihood of risks, hazards and threats
  • Develop the skills to evaluate actual risk and understand how you could react in an emergency
  • Explain the difference between threats vs hazards and intention vs capability
  • Explore information available, for use in your emergency plan
  • Improve your own personal resilience to become more prepared for disruption

The course can be found at

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The EPC is the UK’s national centre for resilience learning and development services; we develop people, teams and organisations through training, exercising and consultancy.

Serco is an international service company, improving essential services for customers around the world.

By Beverley Griffiths, Executive Lead on the course

Beverley is Resilience Capability Lead with responsibility for management and development of the Crowd and Public Safety capability, also advises on Business Continuity, Risk, Security & Safety, Crisis Management.

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