The chances of you being caught up in a major incident or emergency are low. Nevertheless they do and have happened.
Have you ever thought what you would do if you found yourself in a situation that was out of the ordinary? For example, if you were flooded by a burst water main, if you were evacuated from your home following a gas leak in your road or your home is cut off due to heavy snowfall. It is often the loss of sentimental items that affect people the most – are your photographs stored high up within your property and do you have back ups stored at a different location? If you run a business from your home, what would you do if all the internet in the village goes down for a week or more due to adverse weather?
Being prepared in advance means that you will deal with the issue more effectively at the time. If you know what to do you are more likely to make the right choices – and it can be very easy to prepare a plan for your home and family.
To help you plan for emergencies the Thames Valley Local Resilience Forum have prepared a booklet that informs you of how you and your family can be better prepared. The parish council has obtained copies of this leaflet for every household and delivered them to you with your copy of PPP. You can also read the guide, and find further information, online at http://thamesvalleylrf.org.uk/home-family.ashx
The parish council also needs your help to ensure its own emergency plan for the village is comprehensive and robust. This considers wider issues, such as what might need to happen if a train derails by Cheddington Road bridge, or we have numerous homes affected by a gas explosion. So please contact the parish clerk (on 01296 6607691 or firstname.lastname@example.org) with any of the following information:
- Please let us know if you store hazardous materials at your property eg for a hobby or if you work from home, that may cause an incident (for instance gases, diesel or chemicals)
- Please let us know if you have a supply of any equipment or products that may benefit the community in the event of an emegency (for example sand bags, 4x4s, welding equipment or saws/power tools)
- Please let us know if you have any skills that would be of assistance in an emergency (eg doctors, nurses, engineers, plumbers, tree surgeons etc).