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1 Heriot-Watt University Emergency & Business Continuity Planning
Lorraine Loy Group Risk Manager

2 Major Incident Saturday 4 June 2005 Time: 08.30
Explosion heard and felt by Security Control ½ mile away No radio contact could be made with patrol officers Security Officers arrived at scene 08.33 Emergency Services contacted at 08.35 Security control contacted Risk Manager advising there had been an explosion 08.40 Important: start to record all actions Background: Received a phone call advising there had been an explosion, no detail of where or what due to no radio control information available. Saturday morning, local village event, husband just left for Iraq, No family locally to provide care for Katie Reports from students - STUDENTS RECORDED THE BLASTS ON MOBILE PHONES RADIO MAST WAS ON ROOF OF BUILDING WHERE EXPLOSION TOOK PLACE, MOBILE PHONES HAD TO BE USED. UNIVERSITY SECRETARY AWAY ON ANNUAL LEAVE

3 Major Incident – Internal Communications
Prior to arriving on site the following internal staff where contacted: Communications staff and press and PR Director of Estates Estate Maintenance Manager Security Manager Catering Registrar Head of School School Safety Manager Union Representatives All contacts advised of emergency room location Contacted all resource requirements to stand by, catering for welfare considerations and estates staff to attend STUDENTS RECORDED THE BLASTS ON MOBILE PHONES RADIO MAST WAS ON ROOF OF BUILDING WHERE EXPLOSION TOOK PLACE, MOBILE PHONES HAD TO BE USED. UNIVERSITY SECRETARY AWAY ON ANNUAL LEAVE

4 Major Incidents - External Contacts
The following external contacts where advised to “stand by” Loss Adjuster Project management provider ISS Damage Ltd (Salvage & Restoration) Insurers Brokers Contacted prior to leaving home,

5 Catastrophic Failure of Gas Booster Set

6 Gas Booster sets housing

7 Management Group Offices
Major Link Bridge Major link bridge Service tower provided all services to two academic areas Transformers

8 Emergency Phase Emergency services arrive on site at 08.50
10 Fire tenders in attendance Inner and outer cordons set up Liaison with Fire Brigade Major Incident Officer and Police at scene Estates staff on site awaiting instruction No radio contact was available Mast was destroyed in blast, located on top of tower Mobile phones had to be used Ensure the liaison officer has ID and is visible at the scene

9 Emergency Phase Reporters arrive on Campus 09.45
Media room set up and managed by Corporate Communications staff Briefing given to media at 10.00 Gas isolated and fire extinguished 11.00 Emergency Services meetings took place 10.00 10.45 14.00

10 Recovery – Saturday Local Authority Building Control Officers arrive at scene at 12.30 Building handed back to University control at 13.45 Emergency Team meet to agree emergency work schedule Debris removal No services to the building Additional security to protect assets / buildings Communication issued to all staff via / posters Students in residence moved to safer locations BUILDING DECLARED SAFE . PPE ISSUED and safety instructions issued

11 Recovery - Saturday 14.00 Vice Principal handed over authority to begin the reinstatement Recovery Team consisted of: Head of School School Safety Manager Risk Manager Estates Staff Catering Staff Student Services Representative Loss Adjuster, Project Management team, Disaster recovery specialists

12 Recovery - Saturday Priorities
Welfare arrangements for all staff involved in the emergency and subsequent recovery Equipment salvage Impact on School academic and business operations Impact on other buildings/staff and students Organisation of Estates maintenance staff to make safe all areas affected Welfare – provided meals and drinks for all staff, set up rota for rest breaks over first 48 hours School has a number of open days planned and VIP visits – Significant cosmetic work undertaken – Generators brought on site approx Communication issued to all staff and students to conserve energy during the temporary supply phase

13 Recovery - Saturday Debris removal No services to 3 buildings
Additional Security to protect assets/buildings Communication issued to all staff via . Posters placed campus wide Students in residence close to blast site moved to safer locations Generators required to provide electricity to 3 buildings cost £19k per day. No water electricity or gas services. No lift for disabled access or deliveries

14 Recovery – Sunday Road closed - No access for delivery vehicles to catering facility/banks and shops No access to other academic buildings - link bridges closed Preparation of plans for staff and student briefs Project briefs hourly until 19.00 Reinstatement estimate £2.8million Additional Increased cost of working £850k Schools requirements given priority ALL OWNERS OF THE FACILITES CONTACTED AND ADVISED OF THE SITUATION TO PREPARE FOR DISRUPTION ALTERNATIVE DELIVERY ROUTE ESTABLISHED 10.00PM ALL ADVISED AICOW – temporary heating supplies – Contractor appointed to clear immediate debris, traffic calming, welfare and staff overtime.

15 Recovery – Sunday All salvage recovered from damaged areas and asset list created Third Party salvage recovered Building inspected by Fire Brigade and proposals to re-open agreed Student timetables rearranged Notices and bulletins issued

16 Recovery – Sunday Tower secured and temporary boarding used to isolate the tower and link bridges Identified white powder in adjacent buildings Full reinstatement programme agreed with the project managers, loss adjuster and the School affected Programme reinstatement period 8 months Approval for expenditure managed by Risk Office PROBLEMS – STAFF WANTED ACCESS TO DAMAGE SIT TO RECOVER PERSONAL EFFECTS UNAUTHORISED ACCESS TO THE BUILDING

17 Recovery – Monday Staff and students arrive on campus
Head of School briefs all staff HR and student welfare staff on site to deal any emotional issues affecting staff Head of School briefs all students separately – No interruption to teaching Significant resource required to direct students and staff Building reopened at 16.00 Some staff were traumatised by what they saw on arrival at work. Had to have additional security to patrol outside and internal building. Extensive signage posted. Staff demanding access to personal effects

18 Business Interruption
No BI costs relating to third parties BI loss to the University BI Cost to the School All commercial salvage recovered and in working order No loss of consultancy/research activities Third parties – as a result of the rerouting of the road no loss of income occurred. BI to University as a result of poor communication with estates and business requirements. £300 BI COSTS TO SCHOOL

19 Student Issues Winter period – Concerns over the welfare of students due to deteriorating weather over winter months Weekly Communication with students. Facility for students to report concerns or issues Purchase of winter supplies No link access to buildings students exposed to the elements. School concerned about the welfare of students. SUPPLIES OF UMBERELLAS AND WATERPROOFS PURCHASED AND RETURNED WHEN NOT NEEDED TO MARKS AND SPARKS

20 Reinstatement & Debrief
Full Reinstatement February 2006 Collation of all records and costs Review of the emergency teams Ensure all statements are recorded Review of plans/training as necessary Review any communication issues which may have occurred between all service areas to ensure that the person/s responsible for coordinating a major incident have adequate knowledge of the business and have the ability to get things done

21 What Happened Next - Lothian Reciprocal Agreements
Existing reciprocal arrangements were reviewed 2007 Identified the opportunity to determine if there was mutual recognition within the sector of the need for a joint initiative to enhance resilience All Universities and Colleges invited to attend initial meeting to determine if the concept would have value for all potential partners and that the Group would be worth developing EDNBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESENT THROUGHOUT THE EVENTS AND RECOVERY STAGES

22 Lothian Reciprocal Agreement
Agree an integrated response to disruptive events which may affect HE/FE in the Lothian area Build on and develop existing contingency plans Enhance awareness of service priorities and services provided by HE and FE To conduct tabletop exercises as a group in relation to disruptive events, which could threaten or impact University and or College business in the Lothian area

23 Lothian Reciprocal Agreement
To offer facilities and assistance in the event of a disruptive event The agreement demonstrates a joint commitment by the Lothian University & College Resilience Group members The Group works closely with the City of Edinburgh Council Resilience Forum Agreement to be signed on the 29th April 2008

24 Finally! Any Questions

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