Bomb Threats and Explosion Responses Laid Out in Community Plans

Bomb threats, a gas explosion, large fires, severe weather, major flooding and blackouts may conjure up images of a post-apocalyptical landscape.

However, it was these incidents that residents were coming to terms with as Hampshire Fire and Rescue worked with communities to develop emergency action plans.

The group harnessed local skills and knowledge to formulate plans on contacting relevant emergencies services, recording information, communicating with each other, arranging crisis meeting points and protecting vulnerable members of the community.

Scores of residents turned out to the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Local Resilience Forum workshop to join the hundreds of others who have already drawn up their Community Action Plans.

The three-hour event was held at Longstock Parish Hall, in Stockbridge, with representatives from community groups, Scottish and Southern Energy, the Environment Agency, the Met Office and Hampshire County Council.

Another event is currently being arranged in the east of the county.

Community Resilience watch manager Stuart Mangan said: “This event was positively received and helped people know exactly what to do in the event on an emergency.

“Their efforts compliment our work and provide us with vital information to will help limit the impact of incidents, promote public safety and save lives.”

To find out more about a community resilience emergency action plan speak to Mr Mangan on 023 8064 4000.

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