Are you ready and prepared if you have to be evacuated from your home or workplace due to an unexpected major emergency?
"We are prepared and ready for unexpected major emergencies through planning and ongoing training and exercises."
Assistant Chief Constable Jane Sawyers, Chair of the Staffordshire Resilience Forum
Get prepared, pack your bag and be ready to go is the message from your local Civil Contingencies Unit.
They now have a practical guide for people to help them be prepared. It contains useful contact numbers and advice on what to do in a major emergency and can be downloaded from www.staffordshireprepared.gov.uk
The guide also provides a list of basic necessities people are encouraged to keep in a bag in an easily accessible place. Items that could prove useful if people need to be evacuated such as foil blankets, waterproof candles and matches, wind-up torch, sleeping bags, first aid kit and toiletries.
The Staffordshire Resilience Forum (SRF) is a partnership made up of local councils, hospitals, emergency services and the voluntary sector. They continually work on a range of plans for a variety of unexpected major emergencies, such as severe weather, flooding, widespread fires, pandemic flu and illnesses. At the centre of the partnership is the Civil Contingencies Unit (CCU). This is a small team of expert civil contingencies planners that support the SRF partnership.
Assistant Chief Constable Jane Sawyers, Chair of the Staffordshire Resilience Forum, said: "We are prepared and ready for unexpected major emergencies through planning and ongoing training and exercises.
"There have been examples of severe flooding in the UK that has been reported in the media which Staffordshire residents will be aware of. We need to be prepared for this type of major emergency in case it happens in this county.
"The aim of the guide is to encourage people to be prepared and ready for the unexpected themselves. If there is a situation where people have to be evacuated from their homes or workplace, it will be more comfortable for them to have emergency supplies of some basic necessities with them. This would include water, tinned food, sleeping bag and toiletries. If they have animals, they would also need food for them."
Andy Marshall, Director of Civil Contingencies, added: “In a crisis situation, for example if you had to be evacuated from your home, you might not have a lot of warning so the more that you can prepare ahead of time the better. The guide helps you do this. So why not take a few minutes to fill in some basic details about you and your community and then put the guide in an easy-to-reach place such as next to the phone or on your fridge door? This information could be really helpful in keeping you, your family, friends and neighbours safe in an emergency.
For more information about the practical guide, visitwww.staffordshireprepared.gov.uk
For people who do not have internet connection, copies of the guide can be obtained by contacting the Civil Contingencies Unit on 01785 898618.