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Be better prepared for emergencies in Thames Valley

Public sector organisations here are offering advice on key risks to be aware of and what you can do to prepare yourself.

Published by the Mix96 News Team at 2:00pm 12th February 2018. 3-minute read.

Be better prepared for emergencies in Thames Valley

Thames Valley public sector organisations have launched a social media campaign to provide advice on how the public can prepare themselves for an emergency.

From the widespread floods of 2014 and the M40 Valentine’s Day multi-vehicle crash in 2015, to responding to the recent acts of terror in London and Manchester, Thames Valley public sector organisations are well prepared for and experienced in responding to major incidents and emergencies. But not all emergencies make the headlines. Every day, we are affected by a variety of disruptions such as power cuts, flu and bad weather.

From tomorrow 1 February for 30 days, the Thames Valley Local Resilience Forum – a multi-agency public services partnership who plan, prepare for and respond to emergencies – will be coming together to provide daily information on key risks to be aware of in our area, and advice and guidance on preparing yourself, your home and your business whatever the emergency.

The initiative will run across Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #30Days30WaysUK and involve public sector organisations from across the Thames Valley, including Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service, Thames Valley Police, South Central Ambulance Service, NHS England and councils.

In week one, advice will focus on travel and road safety and week two will tackle health advice including how to access NHS services. In the third week, advice will be centred on emergencies in the home, with the final week providing personal safety and security guidance.

Deputy Chief Constable for Thames Valley Police and Chair of the Thames Valley Local Resilience Forum John Campbell said:

“For the emergency services and our public sector partners, preparing for and responding to emergencies is part of the day job, but for our communities, some of who are vulnerable, when something unexpected happens it can have a significant impact.

“The Thames Valley LRF has a responsibility to help our communities to prepare and protect themselves. It is through initiatives such as this that we can build personal and community resilience so when such events occur, people know what to do and the impact is reduced.”

Follow the social media campaign using #30Days30WaysUK

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