Appeal for emergency helpers in Norfolk villages
11:40 25 July 2014
Archant Norfolk 2014
A rallying call has gone out to towns and villages, urging people to come forward to set up teams of volunteers to tackle local emergencies.
It could be anything from a flood, to a fire or storm, but the aim is for each community to have contingency plans in place to assist the emergency services.
Such teams already exist in Sheringham, Walcott and Trimingham, and now North Norfolk District Council is appealing for more people to come forward.
Angie Fitch-Tillett, cabinet member for environmental services, said she wanted to see at least 12 parishes involved by this time next year.
“In an emergency, most people will want to see what they can do to help,” said Mrs Fitch-Tillett. “If we have a list of those people with local knowledge it would make things much easier for the emergency services.”
Work would involve putting together a simple plan to help in the event of an emergency, which could include a map, list of vulnerable people, meeting point and a note of those with specialist skills and equipment.
Mrs Fitch-Tillett said: “I am confident that we can reinvigorate and start to spread more widely the community spirit that was in such abundance during recent events.
“I am greatly encouraged and very pleased that several communities, including Trimingham, have already created plans and others have contacted us for more support and advice.”
The district council is willing to arrange meetings and workshops where residents interested in community resilience can network with other teams and gain help to create their own plans.
Funding for those interested in setting up a community resilience group may be available through the North Norfolk Big Society Fund.
Emergency packs including wind-up radios torches, blankets and high-visibility vests will be provided free from the district council.
For more information, contact the council’s civil contingencies team on 01263 516172 or visit www.northnofolk.org/environment/18877.asp
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