Severe wet weather and flooding in Britain over the winter months was a stark reminder of how quickly an emergency situation can develop where property and life is put at risk.
Fortunately in our area we escaped the most severe conditions, but people and businesses were affected. Over 25,000 people in Staffordshire live in properties which could be at risk of flooding. That’s why it is important that we’re all prepared to respond to an incident like this straight away. It means we can minimise risk and do all we can to ensure it’s business as usual in Staffordshire.
The Staffordshire Civil Contingencies Unit (CCU) coordinates all organisations which would respond to an emergency and ensures plans and procedures are in place to respond effectively, whether the incident is severe weather, a large-scale accident or disease outbreak.
By joining together, we can all respond to such an incident more effectively. While organisations such as the CCU, local councils, emergency services and health organisations will lead on any response, it is important that we all take some responsibility in preparing ourselves.
On the Staffordshire Prepared website www.staffordshireprepared.gov.uk, you can download your Guide to Dealing with the Unexpected, and view handy tips to ensure you’re prepared for an emergency. These include saving a personal emergency contact under ICE (In Case of Emergency) on your phone.
Other tips are to:
- Prepare an emergency pack of essential itemsfirst
- Check your insurance – does it cover flooding? Does it replace damaged items with new ones (i.e. ‘new for old’?) Does it have a limit on repairs?
- Know how to turn off your gas, electricity and water
- Know what you can move to safety now, e.g. furniture and electrical items, and what you could move in a flood
- Make a list of useful numbers
Find out more on our website and follow us @StaffsPrepared on Twitter.