The Olympic torch has now arrived in England and over the next 70 or so days will make it’s way around the UK until it finally arrives at the Olympic Stadium for the Opening Ceremony on 27th July.

Already the impact and potential disruptions are being felt – well, by me at least. I live in a small town with a direct rail link into London and am due to travel into the city on the very day that the Olympic Torch passes through the area where I live. By sheer coincidence the torch passes the train station at exactly the same time as my train is due to depart. So, will I be able to get to the station? Will I be able to park? Will my train be affected? My best option is going to be to get to the station well before the torch arrives and take an earlier train.

When I get to London I’m helping an organisation that has an office in Stratford, London, within sight of the Olympic Stadium, so one of my tasks is to ensure the office is prepared for the risks and threats created by the Games taking place on their doorstep.

There’s been plenty of articles and advice distributed about how businesses and organisations should prepare for the impact of the Olympic and Paralympic Games taking place at various locations around the country so, with around 70 days to go, organisations should be revisiting this advice and putting final preparations together. Some organisations started planning a long time ago – I remember working with a client back in 2010 who was already planning their preparations.

Equally there’s been lots of hype about how the country, particularly London, will be completely gridlocked whilst the Games are in progress. On the plus side though we are used to hosting large venue events in this country, obviously not so many at once and over such a prolonged period but some of our procedures are well tested.

One of my previous articles talked about Crisis Surprises. The Olympic Games definitely falls into this category – it’s well publicised, the dates are clear and there’s lots of advice and guidance available. Any organisation that could be impacted but has not prepared will undoubtedly face criticism if they are significantly disrupted.

The preparations for the Olympic Games include making sure the events are run safely and successfully. Some of this work has been very well publicised and of course there will be other activity going on in the background.

So, all we need to do now is make sure the organisers put out the correct number of hurdles for Jessica and enjoy our gold medal haul!