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Planning for the Worst

How ready are we for the next pandemic, cyber attack, volcanic eruption, or solar storm?

How ready are we for the next pandemic, cyber attack, volcanic eruption, or solar storm?

Our world, ever more interconnected and dependent on technology, is vulnerable to a head-spinning array of disasters. Emergency preparedness is supposed to help protect us and the UK has been pioneering in its approach. But does it actually work? In this edition of Analysis, Simon Maybin interrogates official predictions past and present, hearing from the advisers and the advised. Are we any good at anticipating catastrophic events? Should we have been better prepared for the one we’ve been living through? And - now that coronavirus has shown us the worst really can happen - what else should we be worrying about?

Presenter/producer: Simon Maybin
Editor: Jasper Corbett

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28 minutes

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  • Mon 5 Oct 2020 20:30
  • Sun 11 Oct 2020 21:30

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