A TERRORIST attack on Frodsham Town Council, arson and aircraft crashing into the office building in Castle Park are three possible “major incidents” community leaders are preparing to overcome under a new Disaster Recovery Plan.
The plan – drawn up by Town Mayor Pammi Taylor and adopted by the council this week – details action to be taken in worst-case scenarios to ensure the authority can continue operating effectively.
It defines “major incidents” as those which knock out the council’s computer system and all means of communication, including:
Terrorism – “the possibility of a direct threat to the town council office and its contents is extremely remote.”
Aeroplane crashing into the office building – “Frodsham is on the flightpath to and from Liverpool and the occurrence of a crash, although improbable, is possible.”
Fire/arson – “More likely, but the building is equipped with fire extinguishers and smoke alarm that alerts the Fire Service and equipment is maintained by the landlord.”
The 11-page plan also assesses the level of risk associated with “serious incidents” – considered most likely to impair the council’s ability to conduct its normal business. These include: flooding; failure/sabotage of computer equipment; break-in/theft; long-term illness or death of councillor. Cllr Taylor said: “As far as I know not many town councils have a plan like this, which really came out of various discussions about data security.
“All of us who work for the council need to be aware of the consequences of major and serious incidents. If the worst happens, the council should be a position to recover from it with minimum delay, disruption and cost.
“The next step is to formulate a plan for testing it.”