Why is Incident Management Training and Exercising needed?
Summer 2022 brought widespread drought to Europe with record-breaking temperatures and resulted in eight areas across England being declared as in drought. February 2023 has been the driest since 1993, and whilst low rainfall is forecast for spring, reservoirs remain low and river flows across England are lower than normal. These conditions create a risk for many areas returning to drought in 2023.
The Environment Agency’s Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy for England promotes a catchment-led approach to improve resilience to both flooding and drought. This strategy addresses the growing need for responding agencies to train and exercise extreme-weather related plans to increase resilience to the impacts of climate change. Water companies also have a statutory duty to prepare, consult and maintain a drought plan to monitor and minimise adverse effects of drought. Therefore, their responsibility involves the need to consider future risks, increase preparedness and test the readiness of their staff to implement plans and procedures.