Open day to help Norfolk residents prepare for emergencies

A new initiative has been launched to prepare Norfolk residents for an emergency situation such as a flash flood in the street.

The county's emergency services, local authorities and other response services have joined together to launch Norfolk Prepared Week to help people plan for everything from flooding to a key member of staff leaving a business, taking vital knowledge with them.

The open sessions aim to explain what to do if leaving the home in an emergency and how to help in an emergency situation.

The week will start this Saturday with open events at the Forum, Castle Mall shopping centre and Millennium Children's Library in Norwich from 10am until 4pm when people will be able to get advice, information and support to prepare for a wide variety of incidents.

There will also be demonstrations of emergency responder and voluntary sector equipment, children's activities with Ready Eddy the emergency teddy Lotus car, a Norfolk police interactive safer driving vehicle, interactive first aid demonstrations with the Red Cross and live performances from The Backdrafts, Norfolk Fire Service's rock band.

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During the week, there will also be community resilience exercises across other parts of the county, including Breckland, Broadland and south Norfolk.

There will also be coastal road shows held in Great Yarmouth and north Norfolk.

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