Westco Lunch & Learn: Emergency comms lessons from the Plymouth Bomb

Lunch and Learn: Emergency comms lessons from the Plymouth Bomb

With Westco’s Account Director, Ellie Firth and Communications and Engagement Advisor, Chris Parsons

Fri 12 April 2024
12 – 12.40pm.
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The discovery of an unexploded half-tonne World War II bomb in Plymouth led to the biggest evacuation since World War II with more than 10,000 residents affected.


*** This is a joint event between Westco and LGcomms ***


The Plymouth City Council communication team had to work at a relentless pace given that they had just 24 hours’ notice of the evacuation.


The emergency response from the Council, working with the police, Army and Navy, received huge praise.

What did they do, how did they mobilise so quickly and what are the lessons learnt that you need to consider in your own emergency communications plan?


Find out at this latest Westco Lunch and Learn where the Council’s strategic comms lead (and Westco Account Director), Ellie Firth will reveal all. Ellie will be joined by Chris Parsons, the council’s Communications and Engagement Advisor.


  • Emergency comms lessons from Plymouth Bomb, Friday April 12th, 12-12.40pm. 


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