With the climate changing and increasing frequency and intensity of weather events (storms, flooding, tidal surges, heat waves) over the coming years it is important that the council, residents, organisations and business in the city are able to understand the impacts of these events on them and take steps to minimise this impact.
This is commonly known as climate adaptation or resilience and is an important part of how as a city we can carry on doing business.
The first step in understanding what impact these events might have is to understand how you and your organisation have been affected in the past by such events and then to look to the future and think about how these are other events might affect you going forward.
For businesses and those providing a service it is equally important to understand how these events might affect your supply chain and how you can support your supply chain to become resilience particularly if there are critical resources to your business or organisation that are vulnerable.
The council can assist business and organsiations in the City of whatever size to understand how they might be affected and what steps they can start to take to increase resilience. This does not always mean that you need to spend lots of money some adaptation can be done just by changing current practices, making the right choices when you do invest and working with your staff, suppliers and customers.
The council itself has undertaken climate adaptation risk assessments of some of its key services as part of the process of understanding what it needs to do. We have developed assessments with our Housing, Highways, Parks and Gardens and Waste Management Services. We are in the process of working with our Adult Social Care Services and Public Health to develop their assessments.
If you would like some assistance in understanding how your organisation or business might be affected by the climate and how you can become more resilient to not just to climate events. We would be happy to come and spend an hour with you helping you understand where the opportunities are to reduce your vulnerability and potentially develop new business opportunities. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a meeting.