A website full of tips to help people respond to emergencies across the county has been launched.
The Lancashire Resilience Forum (LRF) said 106 multi-agency plans were needed to handle 86 emergencies likely to occur in the county and as a result launched a new website to help keep 1.53 people safe million people in Lancashire.
The nine main risks for the county are: floods, storms and gales, pandemic, cold and snow, heat wave, forest fires, industrial incidents, loss of essential services and terrorist attacks. .
The new online resource describes the potential impact of each of these emergencies and includes:
• Protect Yourself pages, detailing what people can do to protect themselves and their families before, during and after an incident
• Links and downloads to help people prepare for an emergency, including making a household plan and what to include in an emergency kit
• Protect your business pages, detailing how business owners and managers can prepare and implement a plan for risks that could disrupt operations
• National, regional and local news relating to Lancashire
• Case studies and personal stories describing how agencies and the public have come together to address crises in their communities
• The ability to sign up for risk alerts in local areas
• Regular posts with flagging on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn @LancsResilience – starting with 30 Days of Advice, Facts and Quiz in support of September’s national campaign for Preparedness Month – #30Days30WaysUK
LRF Warning and Information Group chair Liz Riding said: “Our priority is to ensure Lancashire residents have the right information to help them plan, prepare and respond to risks and emergencies. if they occur.
“Our social media channels and the website create a central point for key advice and all the information they may need.
“Working together makes all the difference, and there’s so much the public can do to help us help them in an emergency and then recover with as little damage as possible.
“Please join us by signing up for alerts on the website and spreading the word on social media.”
The LRF brings together emergency services, local authorities, health services, the Environment Agency, utility and transport companies and volunteer groups, who work together to ensure that if and when an emergency occurs, they are ready to react together and minimize any impact.
The forum conducts continuous training and testing to ensure they are prepared for incidents, learning from emergencies as they occur to improve future response.
On the occasion of the launch of the new website, the LRF has prepared an emergency kit to distribute.
For a chance to win, entrants simply need to go to the website at www.lancashireprepared.org.uk and sign up to receive alerts by Tuesday 4 October.
The emergency pack includes a backpack, hand-crank radio with torch, first aid kit, snow shovel for the car, blanket, copy of household emergency plan, pens and a pad -notes, plus a £100 Amazon voucher.
For more information visit www.lancashireprepared.org.uk