Fairford Leads The Way In Preparing For Floods

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Fairford Leads The Way In Preparing For Floods

Volunteers in Fairford will be playing the part of evacuees in a mock up emergency exercise on Saturday 21st March to help the town prepare for a real life emergency.

Fairford Town Council is planning a simulation to test their emergency plan and also to give their volunteers some experience of how it would work in a real event like a flood or fire.

Fairford Town Council have capitalised on a £10,000 resilience grant made available from Cotswold District Council and are the first in the District to have their own ‘Place of Safety’ and emergency plan in place. Cotswold District Council has been working closely with Fairford Town Council with the development of their emergency plan following the floods in 2007.

Part of Fairford’s emergency plan involves the development of a ‘Place of Safety’, which uses community venues and volunteers if a section of the town has to be evacuated from their homes for a short time. This complements the larger scale more formal ‘Rest Centre’ that the District Council would initiate if a large scale evacuation is necessary.

Clive Bennett, Portfolio Holder for Safe and Strong Communities said:

“Fairford communities are at the forefront of resilience with their emergency plans. Having the plan in place will mean they will be better equipped to cope with any major events like flooding or a large fire. But more importantly it has brought their community closer together by getting back to old community values.”

Chris Roberts, CDC Ward Councillor for Fairford and spokesperson for Fairford Emergency Action Group said:

“We are lucky in Fairford that we have a strong community that in times of crisis will pull together. We realised during the floods of July 2007 that Fairford is out on a limb and we needed to be able to cope on our own until outside help can get to us. Our trial emergency on 21st March will test our planning for this eventuality and show us where improvements can be made.”

Posted : 16/03/2009 11:18:18

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