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Durham University

Built Infrastructure for Older People's Care in Conditions of Climate Change (BIOPICCC)


  • Key Resources

    Key Resources

Banner image: Older person evacuated during the 2009 floods in Keswick. Source: Christopher Furlong, Getty Images.


The BIOPICCC Toolkit provides a series of resources to assist local authorities, partner organisations, and neighbourhood and community groups with local level resilience planning. Specifically, the resources are designed to support users to develop plans to make health and social care services for older people (aged 65 years and older) more resilient to the effects of extreme weather.

Why should local authorities and other organisations be concerned with climate change and extreme weather?

Climate change is not just an issue for the future; extreme weather events are happening now. Examples include the 2003 heatwave in Southern England and the 2007 floods across the UK. We must not forget the cold weather either. The severe winters of 2009 / 10 and 2010 / 11 caused extensive disruption nationwide. Building resilience to extreme weather now will mean individuals, communities and sectors will be better prepared to deal with climate change in the future.

Who is the BIOPICCC Toolkit for?

We have designed this toolkit for: different levels of local government (including parish, district, unitary and county levels); organisations providing health and social care services; emergency planning forums; voluntary organisations, especially those involved in the care of older people; community groups; and older people and their carers.

How does the BIOPICCC Toolkit work?

The BIOPICCC Toolkit is meant as a guide, not a fixed approach. We expect that users will choose parts of the toolkit relevant to them and will make changes to these materials to suit local circumstances.

We encourage you to begin by deciding your aims in consultation with local partners. Depending on your focus, you may wish to use the resources designed to support resilience planning at the neighbourhood or local authority level. Alternatively, if you work in emergency and contingency planning, you may be interested in the resources to help you identify the ‘weakest’ points in the built infrastructure system available under the ‘Infrastructure Modelling’ tab. Users will also find a series of case studies under the ‘Case Studies’ tab. Further case studies and examples will be added as they become available.

If you find this toolkit useful, please send us a note of how you have used it, or how it could be made more suitable for your needs (please email Dr Jonathan Wistow: We would like to be able to post this information on our website to share with other local agencies and groups to support resilience planning in other localities.

Thank you for using the BIOPICCC Toolkit.