Village prepared for a crisis with new kit worth £600

New scheme which helps in an emergency

 

Locals in Measham are the first in the county to receive equipment which will help in an emergency. The village is benefiting from a new scheme which encourages people to prepare for the worst – such as flooding, storms and other unexpected events. 

Communities which come together and write a plan to show how they’d deal with a crisis can choose items worth £600 for a special community store. Measham Parish Council led the work following the flooding in North West Leicestershire last June.

 

Being prepared is one of our top priorities and having a proper plan in place has always been an aim.  The flooding last summer prompted us to take action sooner rather than later. We were supported throughout by a resilience expert. We used a simple template to develop a plan for how our community would quickly organise a response to future incidents.

 

Julia Draycon leads LLR Prepared, the local resilience forum which brings together councils, the emergency services and other partners. She said: “We launched this scheme in December and we’re really pleased to mark the delivery of the first emergency store. Communities can find it daunting to start with a blank sheet for their response plans – but we can help with specialist advice, tools and templates.

“If anyone else is interested in how their community can benefit from a plan – and the kit that goes with it - I’d urge them to get in touch via our website at www.llrprepared.org.uk .”

Villagers from Measham will receive their emergency store at a special event on 2pm on Thursday 11 May.  Representatives from the parish, councils, police and Environment Agency will be attending.

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