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North Suffolk community unit to make contingency plans for floods and emergencies

Weybread, Suffolk. flooding around the River Waveney at Weybread and Shotford Bridge ENGANL00120141002173300

Weybread, Suffolk. flooding around the River Waveney at Weybread and Shotford Bridge ENGANL00120141002173300

A community planning organisation has called on north Suffolk residents to convene in Earsham next Wednesday to draw up contingency plans for floods, power outages and other emergencies that may crop up in the future.

The workshop, taking place from 9.30am at the River Waveney Study Centre on Old Harleston Road, has been set up by Suffolk’s Joint Emergency Planning Unit to ensure local areas including Eye, Mendham and Weybread have the required tools for an emergency strategy in their community.

Mid Suffolk Council leader Derrick Haley, who is also portfolio holder for Emergency Planning, said: “Having a community plan that everyone has been involved with and understands which role they play is imperative if we are to act efficiently and should the worst happen.

“We have all seen images of communities across the UK that have suffered severe flooding or other weather-related situations. Our parishes and communities need to be ready in case any of these terrible events ever happen to us.”

This coincides with Norfolk County Council’s recent launch of a social media initiative that aims to keep people up to date with all flooding news and announcements.

To book a place on the workshop, contact Sue Herne on 01449 724851 or via sue.hearne@suffolk.gov.uk

 

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