“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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Other than dial 999 there is no plan.
- What and where are the risks – there is no risk map
- Residents need to be encouraged to have their own emergency plan.
- Where are the community centres?
- How will people be evacuated should there be a flood?
- How will an evacuation occur?
- Where will people evacuate to?
- What emergency supplies do people need at home?
- Water, torch, radio, batteries, food, cooking etc.
- How will temporary accommodation be provided?
- How will people know there is a local emergency?
- How will information be provided to the public?
- The importance of texting rather than calling on the mobile network … it uses less bandwith.
- What services should be turned off and when?
- In an emergency the community needs to pull together.
- Lions, Scouts, Rugby, Football, Young Farmers, church groups etc. etc.
- People engagement is going to be important
- Food kitchens, door knockers, digger drivers, engineers, tractors, 4 wheel drives, and small boats etc. etc.
- Medical support.