Pocklington Emergency Plan Must Empower Residents

“One of the scenarios that the plan has to cope with is Pocklington being cut off.” ERYC officer.

For the Pocklington Emergency Plan to be more than a paper ticking exercise it must empower residents in advance.

The following comments, suggestions and questions have been offered to Pocklington Town Council by an expert in Emergency Planning:

  1. The town council should bring the local knowledge to help identify the population at potential risk, source things like fuel, diggers, etc. and to provide welfare centres for displaced people.
  2. If the plan was complete you could hand it over to a third-party and they would have all the information they need to execute.
  3. Other than dial 999 there is no plan.
  4. What and where are the risks – there is no risk map
  5. Residents need to be encouraged to have their own emergency plan.
  6. Where are the community centres?
  7. How will people be evacuated should there be a flood?
  8. How will an evacuation occur?
  9. Where will people evacuate to?
  10. What emergency supplies do people need at home?
  11. Water, torch, radio, batteries, food, cooking etc.
  12. How will temporary accommodation be provided?
  13. How will people know there is a local emergency?
  14. How will information be provided to the public?
  15. The importance of texting rather than calling on the mobile network … it uses less bandwith.
  16. What services should be turned off and when?
  17. In an emergency the community needs to pull together.
  18. Lions, Scouts, Rugby, Football, Young Farmers, church groups etc. etc.
  19. People engagement is going to be important
  20. Food kitchens, door knockers, digger drivers, engineers, tractors, 4 wheel drives, and small boats etc. etc.
  21. Medical support.
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