The UK is currently experiencing its warmest weather conditions in 100 years, which brings its own unique set of challenges and potential issues for Public Services, industry & commerce and society as a whole.
Whilst temperatures are topping 30 degrees, it’s easy to forget that much of the UK had a blanket of snow only four months ago. Climate Change is bringing extreme conditions that can’t be ignored, so all organisations need to focus on how they are prepared for these testing times.
Expecting the unexpected
With the Worldwide climate entering uncharted territory, all organisations need to be wary of potential emergencies and have practical procedures and measures in place to ensure operations continue whenever possible.
For many Public Service and commercial organisations, utilising intelligent and integrated mass communications enables them to maintain normal operations, even in these adverse conditions. Well-planned communications are also ideal for remotely monitoring and controlling critical machinery during any type of weather – such as air-con and building management systems, medical refrigeration, weather stations, communication masts, water and river levels.
Threats to health and safety
As well as business challenges, inclement or extremely hot/dry weather is a risk for people too. Unusually hot weather can cause heat stroke and exhaustion, especially in exposed or enclosed areas without air-conditioning.
Excellent communications help to alleviate these issues by enabling teams to stay well-organised and for cover to be arranged and implemented quickly and easily, messaging the right people when others are ill, injured or unable to work.
Lone worker systems are also especially important during extremes of weather. Workers operating in dangerous conditions will always be at risk from the cold and heat. An automated system which tracks location and status is perfect for protecting people in potentially dangerous or life-threatening locations.
Feeling the heat
Whilst the current hot weather may be welcomed by many, the strain it puts on healthcare and emergency services operations, can be a concern.
Whether it’s ensuring ambulances reach people with temperature-related illnesses, summoning Retained Firefighters to tackle forest/heath fires or ensuring Coastguard and Lifeboat services protect beachgoers, extreme hot weather inevitably presents challenges. Climate Change will only exacerbate the need for excellent planning and communications to tackle the inevitable challenges ahead.