A scheme aimed at helping businesses in Liverpool prepare for emergencies launched today.
Public, private and voluntary organisations from across the city region are invited to be part of the Resilient Liverpool initiative.
The scheme hopes to make sure the city stays open for business through times of adversity or emergency.
Resilient Liverpool is being launched at the Hard Days Night hotel on North John Street. Cllr Gary Millar, chairman of Resilient Liverpool, will lead the breakfast session, which starts at 8am.
Cllr Millar, who runs his own business, said: "Liverpool is a resilient city and the emergency services do an amazing job in reacting quickly to keep the city going during a crisis. But it is crucial that every business also has its own plans in place to deal with the unexpected.
"In the current economic environment, even a day's lost trade can be the difference between survival and going under, so it is absolutely vital to be prepared.
"We have all seen over the last couple of years the impact that bad weather can have on trade. But power cuts, floods, industrial action, fuel shortages and pandemic flu are also real and present dangers.
"Resilient Liverpool wants to help firms keep going through all forms of disruption by working together to show how they can benefit from better resilience planning.
"We also know that inward investors are increasingly considering how well prepared a place is before locating there, so this is really important for the city's future prosperity."
Delegates will be able to find out more about the work of the new think tank, and the help and support that is on offer to help them develop contingency plans.
The event is part of Business Continuity Awareness Week. More information can be found at www.bcaw2013.com.