Emergency Plan - Advice to ResidentsADVICE TO OUR RESIDENTS
HOW TO COPE WITH MAJOR EMERGENCIES
THINK FIRST AND LET COMMON SENSE TELL YOU WHAT YOU SHOULD DO.
Remember that in a power cut mobile phones may not work, but phones that do not have to be plugged into an electric socket will probably still work.
FOR WIDESPREAD FAILURE OF WATER, ELECTRICITY, GAS OR PHONE SERVICES, SEVERE WEATHER, FLOODING, PUBLIC HEALTH, DROUGHT OR STRUCTURAL DAMAGE -
FOLLOW THE ADVICE GIVEN IN THE GOVERNMENT BOOKLET ‘PREPARING FOR EMERGENCIES’ THAT WAS DELIVERED TO ALL HOUSEHOLDS IN THE COUNTRY:
To the nearest safe building (if you are not already at home)
The emergency services will expect to collect you from there if any evacuation is needed
To TV or radio stations for news (use a battery radio or a car radio)
TUNE YOUR BATTERY RADIO TO ONE OF THE LOCAL RADIO STATIONS AND LISTEN TO THE INFORMATION THEY WILL BE GIVING OUT:
Sovereign Radio – 107.5 on FM
BBC Southern Counties Radio – 104.5 on FM
BBC Radio 4 – 93.5 on FM
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
MAKE YOURSELF AND THE MEMBERS OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD AS SAFE AS YOU CAN, AND THEN LOOK OUT FOR OTHERS (VULNERABLE PEOPLE) NEARBY WHO COULD DO WITH YOUR HELP.
MEMBERS OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD MAY BE AT SCHOOL OR AT WORK. They will be looked after there. Avoid jamming up the phone networks by making desperate attempts to contact them, and don’t cause chaos on the roads by driving off to try to find them! You will hear on the radio when it is safe for you to collect children from school.
WHAT IF IT’S NOT SAFE FOR YOU AND YOUR HOUSEHOLD TO STAY PUT, OR IF YOU HEAR ON THE TV OR RADIO THAT YOUR PART OF THE AREA IS TO BE EVACUATED?
• IF THERE’S TIME turn/switch off heating, gas, electricity, water and all the gadgets you normally have on in the house;
• Carry with you your usual wallet or handbag, mobile phone and your credit cards;
• Try to take some emergency food and water;
• Take the medicines that any member of your household must have regularly;
• Check everyone is with you and lock up your house;
• Find a safe building, or if you are near your area’s local centre (see list below), go there on foot or by car;
• Be sure to tell the centre on arrival the names of all your party;
• Tell the centre of anyone else you know about, who will need further immediate help;
• Wait for instructions and for transport to the main reception centre, which will have been organised for you.
Wealden District Council is responsible for organising emergency relief for our area and has plans ready to deal with emergencies.
If there’s a major national emergency, the Government will step in and will keep you informed by radio or TV.
This advice is intended to help you cope with the early stages of an emergency.
IN THE MEANTIME…
1 Find out how to turn/switch off the gas, electricity, water and all the other services in your house.
2 Ask for information about the emergency procedures in place at your school or workplace.
3 Think how you could help vulnerable neighbours.
4 Make up (and keep the items fresh by using them and replacing them regularly) an emergency kit containing:
• A bottle of water for each member of your household;
• Some tins of food and a tin opener;
• First aid items;
• Some warm clothing for each person;
• A blanket and spare clothes for each person;
• Toiletries and sanitary supplies;
• A list of emergency contact details;
• A favourite soft toy, a book of puzzles or a pack of cards – something to relieve boredom.
IF YOU HAVE TO BE EVACUATED FROM YOUR HOUSE, AVOID THE TEMPTATION TO TAKE EXPENSIVE GADGETS. FOR MOST EMERGENCIES WILL NOT KEEP YOU AWAY FROM HOME FOR LONG.
WHEN YOU RETURN HOME, OPEN WINDOWS FOR FRESH AIR BEFORE TURNING ON YOUR GAS, ELECRICITY AND WATER SUPPLIES.
DON’T WORRY UNDULY ABOUT EMERGENCIES. MOST OF US HAVE SURVIVED LOTS OF THEM ALREADY!
Westham Parish Council is pleased to acknowledge that the logo on the top of the page and other information in this leaflet come from HM Government document PREPARING FOR EMERGENCIES – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW, which is subject to Crown copyright. For further information you can visit www.direct.gov.uk/en/HomeAndCommunity/InYourHome/Dealingwithemergencies/