Sunday, December 11, 2005

Brits In A Crisis

We observed at first hand on 7/7 the Brit flair for organization, calmness and mutual support in a crisis. Here's another example after the storage depot explosion at Hemel Hempstead near London.

A few hours after the explosion, things are under control:

Ray Holloway of the Petrol Retailers Association said the oil industry had plans in place to deal with such an emergency, including the use of other depots in south east England to supply the Hemel Hempstead area.

He went on: "I understand the concern of motorists, but there is no need to panic.
"This site is strategically important, but not critically important. There will be no market effect and the oil industry will do what it does and manage this extremely effectively."

He added that sites in Northampton, East London and Reading were among those that could fill the supply gap.

Now a very British comment:

Despite the assurance that that there would be no petrol shortages, motorists did indulge in panic buying at service stations.

Mr Holloway went on: "It's not just people in the Hemel area who have been indulging in panic buying. Motorists as far away as Croydon in Surrey have been at it.

FYI, Croydon is just an hour's drive from Hemel Hemsptead.