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Devon Prepares For Emergency Planning Event

Posted: 21/11/2016

A free emergency planning event is being held in Devon to help communities prepare for severe weather conditions as winter approaches.

The Becoming Resilient event will took place earlier this month (November 9th) between 10:30 and 16:00 at the Kenn Centre in Kennford.

It is being put on to encourage emergency preparedness in the area and businesses are invited to attend to learn more about emergency services, risk assessing, and writing and testing a good emergency plan.

Dave Hubbard, leader of Exeter St Thomas group of volunteers, said: “Events like this are valuable as they give you the opportunity to meet and talk to different agencies and learn how they work as well as find out what resources are available to help you develop your plan.”

The event will include presentations on the role of community rest centres, guest speakers, case studies, workshops, and experts answering questions from the public.

Chair of the Devon Community Resilience Forum Dom Maxwell-Batten added it is “vitally important” to make sure local areas are prepared in the case of an emergency.

“We can’t predict everything, but we can help people prepare for the worst,” he added.

A similar event was held in Essex last week, with Tendring Council’s emergency planning team joining forces with Essex Fire and Rescue, UK Power Network, Public Health and Affinity Water to provide the public with information on how to prepare for severe weather this winter.

The Daily Gazette reported that the Get Ready for Winter event took place at Wix Village Hall on October 27th to raise awareness of flood risks and give advice on health, wellbeing and travel during the colder months.