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Emergency planning in action

Communities in Gloucestershire have used their Emergency Plans

During the snow in 2010 Weston sub Edge put their plan on standby and instigated their telephone helpline. Requests for prescriptions were collected from the pharmacy by a volunteer with a 4X4 vehicle.

These are the sort of practical actions which can be put in place by local communities and pre-planning makes it work that much more smoothly.

Lechlade's Community Emergency Plan was put into action when a traffic accident ruptured a gas main and 150 people had to be evacuated from their homes. 

“This event underlined the importance of having the Plan in place, ready to go.  The accident happened at 6.30 am well outside normal office hours, and when many residents were still in bed.  The Police rang Cotswold District Council's District Emergency Planning Liaison Officer (DEPLO) who is the next link in the chain and they subsequently contacted me. As it happens our plan is well known in the community so I had already received a call from a local resident and within 15 minutes we had the Memorial Hall open as a place of safety, with volunteers on site to make tea and to welcome people. The Memorial Hall is the ideal location for this as we have plenty of parking and easy access to the building and, of course, most residents already know where it is.  Once the Plan was activated, the systems were effective, and the volunteers were superb.” Cllr Sue Coakley (Town Councillor and Coordination Lead)

Myth Busting 

A number of people were concerned about what we can actually do to help our friends and neighbours, but without the worry of possibly being sued. The following is an excerpt from a statement by Government (for full version click here).

Clearing snow and ice from pavements

There's no law stopping you from clearing snow and ice on the pavement outside your home or from public spaces. It's unlikely you'll be sued or held legally responsible for any injuries on the path if you have cleared it carefully. Follow the snow code when clearing snow and ice safely.

The snow code - tips on clearing snow and ice from pavements or public spaces

  • Pay extra attention to clearing snow and ice from steps and steep pathways - you might need to use more salt on these areas.
  • Clear the snow or ice early in the day
  • Use salt or sand - not water
  • Take care where you move the snow
  • Offer to clear your neighbours’ paths

GRCC links with Gloucestershire Local Resilience Forum (LRF)

GRCC is a partner in the LRF to bring community ideas, concerns and good practice to this multi-agency forum where responders, agencies, voluntary sector groups and communities get together to share, learn and take forward actions.

For more information on the Local Resilience Forumand its members click here