Emergency Plan

Important: Please spare a few minutes to read this letter.

Community Emergency Plan for Ashwellthorpe and Fundenhall

Ashwellthorpe and Fundenhall Parish Council working in partnership with South Norfolk Council

The recent floods in Gloucestershire and before that, in Hull, have reminded everyone that the British weather is unpredictable and sometimes very severe.  Anyone, anywhere could suddenly find themselves without drinking water or electricity. It is also possible that another Buncefield or terrorist incident could keep us stuck in, or away from, our homes for a considerable period of time.  This could coincide with the Emergency Services being tied up with big incidents in surrounding towns and cities.  The best way for any village to survive and recover is good, old fashioned community spirit: local people helping neighbours and other local people.

South Norfolk Council (SNC) is helping each Parish Council to construct a Community based Emergency Plan.  My name is Jacquie Wills. I am a resident of Ashwellthorpe and I have been asked by the Chair of the Parish Council to be the Volunteer Emergency Co-ordinator for the Parish.  You may well have specialist skills or equipment that would be useful in such an emergency, so my first job is to contact all of the households in the Parish and ask for your help.

Do you have any equipment that you could make available, in an emergency, to help people in this Parish? If yes, please complete the form on the reverse of this letter.

Do you have any special personal skills (e.g. medical training) or specialist knowledge, or are you able to offer general assistance (e.g. visiting an elderly or infirm person), in an emergency, to help people in this Parish?  If yes, please complete the form on the reverse of this letter.

Alternatively, will you require assistance in an emergency?  If yes, please complete the form on the reverse of this letter.

If you are ever called upon to use your equipment by myself or the Emergency Planning Department of SNC, in an emergency, you will be covered be SNC’s insurance although you will not be reimbursed any expenses.

Any information that you supply will be treated as confidential – it will be kept secure and it will only be used in an emergency by myself or my successor (the Volunteer Emergency Co-ordinator), the Emergency Planning Department of SNC and Norfolk Constabulary.

Thank you for taking the trouble to read this letter. Please return the completed form in the reply paid envelope provided as soon as possible.

Jacquie Wills – Volunteer Emergency Co-ordinator
Do you have any equipment that you could make available?

The following is a list of equipment that may be useful in an emergency.  Please place a tick in the box if you are able to provide any such equipment in these circumstances.
Tractor Submersible pump
Chainsaw Inflatable boat
Portable generator Portable heater
4×4 vehicle Portable lighting
Lifting equipment e.g. JCB, heavy duty hoist / tackle Camping gas stove or LPG cooker (to make a hot drink / meal for the elderly or infirm)
Other (please specify)

 

Do you have any special personal skills or knowledge that you could make available?  Or could you offer general assistance?

The following is a list of special personal skills, knowledge and general assistance that may be needed.  Please place a tick in the box if you are able to provide any useful skill, knowledge or assistance in an emergency.
Medical training Chainsaw operator
First aid training Tractor driver
I can visit and monitor an elderly or infirm person I can provide emergency accommodation for people
I can help with deliveries e.g. bottled water I can help with lifting and carrying e.g. filling sand bags
I can make tea or cook a meal for an elderly or infirm person I can provide emergency accommodation for pets (please specify limitations)
Other (please specify)

If you may need assistance in an emergency e.g. regular medication or even just someone to drop in and make sure that you are well, warm and fed, please detail below what help you may need and if relevant, under what circumstances.  This information will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Name: …………………………………………………………………………………

Address: ………………………………………………………………………………

Home telephone number:………………………….. Mobile number: ……………

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