Gainsborough: Event to help businesses cope with a terrorist attack

Chris Allen
Chris Allen
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Gainsborough businesses are being urged to sign up for a free event to learn how to deal with a major incident or terrorist attack.

Project ARGUS is a National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) initiative to help people prevent, handle and recover from a major incident.

The event is aimed at managers or assistant managers and is supported by the Lincolnshire Resilience Forum, the multi-agency group responsible for co-ordinating emergency management in the county.

During the three-hour session, businesses will be taken through a realistic terrorist attack using a multi-media simulation.

Then in small groups with other local business representatives, people will be faced with a series of questions and challenges they will have to resolve.

Paula Danville, Senior Emergency Planning Officer at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “It will help business managers to look at what plans they already have in place, and also get them to think about how they would keep their business up and running should the worst happen.”

Chris Allen, head of Public Protection at West Lindsey District Council, is urging local businesses to take advantage of the event.

He said: “It is vital that our businesses are equipped to cope with a major incident, such as a terrorist attack or severe weather.”

The session will be held in the Trent Rooms of the Guildhall in Gainsborough on Tuesday 18th March.

People taking part are asked to arrive at 1.20pm for a 1.30pm start. It will finish at 4.30pm.

Places must be reserved in advance and invitations will be sent out to businesses in Gainsborough and the surrounding area.

To reserve a place, email the details of nominees together with the company represented and contact telephone numbers to