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Could you help in an emergency?
9:45am Tuesday 1st October 2013 in News
Could you help in you community in an emergency? That is the question being asked by Cornwall Council and the Environment Agencyas they stage a series of workshops across Cornwall during October and November.
These are aimed at providing members of the public with the knowledge and skills to deal with emergencies in their local communities and will take place in seven towns to help raise public awareness of community emergencies and provide guidance on how local communities can prepare to deal with such an event.
“A community emergency can range from a fire affecting a home or business and a major flood or pollution incident, to dealing with the disruption caused by heavy snow and ice or a heat wave, or a major traffic collision“ said Tony Garvin, emergency management officer from Cornwall Council.
“These meetings will give people the chance to meet some of staff from the Council and Environment Agency who deal with the effects of emergencies within towns and villages and discuss how their local area could benefit from the creation of a Community Emergency Plan”.
The programme of workshops includes:
Monday 14 October County Hall, Truro (1.30 – 3.30pm)
Wednesday, 23 October Penwith College (7pm to 9pm)
Friday, 25 October Saltash Town Hall (10 am to 12 noon)
Monday, 28 October Shire Hall, Bodmin (7pm to 9pm)
Wednesday, 30 November Parkhouse Centre, Bude (7pm to 9pm)
Monday, 4 November Launceston College (7pm to 9pm)
Thursday, 7 November St Austell One Stop Shop (7pm to 9pm)
Invitations to attend the workshops have been sent to a wide range of organisations, including town and parish councils, community groups, emergency responders such as retained fire fighters, cliff rescue and coastguard groups.
As well as providing advice on drawing up a 'Community Emergency Plan', the workshops will also provide information on the role of community warden, the function of a Rest Centre in dealing with vulnerable people; and the volunteer training available to communities.