SDSR Breakfast Briefing: The Military’s Role in Civil Contingencies

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SDSR 2015The flooding in southern England during the winter of 2013-14 saw the threat from extreme weather in the UK thrown into sharp relief.   Rainfall records in December 2013 and January 2014 were broken, resulting in the flooding of more than 5000 homes and businesses.  As the crisis reached its peak in mid February 2014, approximately 600 troops were deployed in England and Wales to assist with flood protection and relief, with around another 1,000 on standby; Tornado GR4 aircraft equipped with RAPTOR reconnaissance pods were tasked with taking high resolution imagery to support flood prevention and response planning.

This Breakfast Briefing, as part of RUSI’s SDSR 2015 series, will bring together civil emergency planners and meteorological experts to explore both the increasing likelihood and impact of extreme weather events in the UK. As the severity and frequency of severe weather events increases, will the civil authorities require more, more often, from the military to address the challenges and, if so, what military assets and training may need to be employed to support the authorities during civil contingencies?

Speakers include:

  • James Cleverly AM, London Assembly Member for Bexley and Bromley and Chairman, London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority
  • Melanie Harrowsmith, Head of Civil Contingencies, Meteorological Office

This event is open to all. To attend, please register online using the "Book your place" button above. If you have any queries please contact Sabrina Downey, Projects and Events Director, at

Tea, coffee and pastries served from 0800. The event commences at 0830.

Further information on RUSI’s SDSR 2015 series can be found at

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