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Would you know how to react in an emergency situation?

Ready Eddy the Emergency Teddy meets up with Rhobella Callaway, 8, her brother Homa, 6, and Stuart Morgan, Hart (Hazardous Area Response Team), by the Polaris 6X6 all terrain ambulance, during the emergency vehicles event for Norfolk Prepared Week at the Forum.  Picture: Denise Bradley

Ready Eddy the Emergency Teddy meets up with Rhobella Callaway, 8, her brother Homa, 6, and Stuart Morgan, Hart (Hazardous Area Response Team), by the Polaris 6X6 all terrain ambulance, during the emergency vehicles event for Norfolk Prepared Week at the Forum. Picture: Denise Bradley

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Norwich has escaped the flash floods around the country this year... but would you know how to cope if the rains came and the waters rose?

Bronagh McAnulty, 6, in. Police car with Inspector Alex Bucher during the emergency vehicles event for Norfolk Prepared Week at the Forum.  Picture: Denise Bradley Bronagh McAnulty, 6, in. Police car with Inspector Alex Bucher during the emergency vehicles event for Norfolk Prepared Week at the Forum. Picture: Denise Bradley

Ready Eddy the Emergency Teddy and Dippy the Dinosaur could have the answer.

The duo were on hand to give advice at The Forum on Saturday, helping Norfolk County Council launch Norfolk Prepared Week, with emergency services and other responders promoting the services available in an emergency.

Rather than major catastrophes, Norfolk Prepared Week is about ensuring members of the public would know what to do in the case of smaller emergencies, such as flash flooding.

There was also information available for businesses, such as what to do if a large proportion of its staff were to fall ill suddenly.

Robert Flute, chairman of the Norfolk Resilience Forum, said: “This event is a great opportunity for members of the public to see the work of the emergency services, local authorities and Norfolk Resilience Forum partners in preparing for and responding to an emergency and how your community can help themselves to be prepared.

“This is the start of a fantastic week of activities to show the Norfolk community what we are doing to be prepared.”

Events at The Forum on Saturday included rope rescue displays by members of Norfolk Fire and Rescue’s Urban Search and Rescue Unit, a Norfolk Constabulary interactive safer driving Lotus car and an NHS interactive infectious disease decontamination unit.

The Norfolk Prepared Week events will continue throughout this week, with a ‘community resilience’ exercise in Frettenham today and Beachmaster courses in north Norfolk tomorrow and Wednesday.

There will also be information available in Gorleston High Street between 10am and 4pm tomorrow and in Great Yarmouth Market Place between 10am and 4pm on Wednesday.

Nigel Dixon, cabinet member for community protection at the county council, added: “This is a great opportunity to get practical, useful advice about some simple things you can think about today which may just help in the future.

“I would urge people to go along and pick up a few tips on what to do to be better prepared.”

For further information, go to www.norfolkprepared.gov.uk

- Are you holding an event in Norwich? Contact reporter David Freezer on 01603 772418 or david.freezer@archant.co.uk

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