Out of a Clear Blue Sky video

Every decade produces its own catalogue of disasters and catastrophic events, and the last decade was no exception. Starting with iconic images from 9/11 this short compilation of news clips highlights many of the major events that have impacted our lives, and serves as a timely reminder of why emergency planning is an essential part of modern life.

Many years ago the Emergency Planning College produced a video called Disaster Management – Is There a Need? Although simple in concept - essentially a sequence of clips of breaking news of many of the major disasters of the 1980s – the video proved immensely popular with emergency planners, and has led to many requests for a more up-to-date sequel.  Well finally it has arrived, though this time in digital and online format.

As with all news stories, once the media machine has moved on to the next big story, our memories of the last major disaster and those that preceded it, fade rapidly. This all contributes to the misperception that disasters rarely happen.  In fact they happen with tragic regularity, as this video demonstrates.

Designed to be used in a training situation, the events selected have been chosen to demonstrate the wide variety of forms that crisis and disaster can take:

  • 9/11 (September 2001)
  • London Bombings (July 2005)
  • ICL Stockline Factory Explosion (May 2004)
  • Hurricane Katrina (August 2005)
  • Japanese Earthquake & Tsunami (March 2011)
  • Foot & Mouth Disease (2001)
  • Boscastle Flood (August 2004)
  • Fuel Protests (September 2000)
  • Severe Weather (December 2010)
  • Ladbroke Grove Rail Crash (October 1999)
  • Litvinenko Poisoning (November 2006)
  • Summer Floods (July 2007)
  • Buncefield Explosion (December 2005)

The hope in producing this video is that by reminding people of the disasters and crises of the past we can be better prepared for those of the future. You can view the video below or download it for training/awareness purposes by right clicking here.