30 ways you can improve your emergency preparedness

Sat 1 Sep, 2018

Thames Valley public sector organisations, including Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service, have launched a social media campaign to provide advice on how the public can prepare themselves for an emergency.

From the widespread floods of 2014 and the M40 Valentine’s Day multi-vehicle crash in 2015, to responding to the recent acts of terror in London and Manchester, Thames Valley public sector organisations are well prepared for and experienced in responding to major incidents and emergencies.

But not all emergencies make the headlines. Every day, we are affected by a variety of disruptions such as power cuts, flu and bad weather.

From today (1 September 2018) for 30 days, the Thames Valley Local Resilience Forum – a multi-agency public services partnership who plan, prepare for and respond to emergencies – are coming together to provide daily information on key risks to be aware of in our area, and advice and guidance on preparing yourself, your home and your business whatever the emergency. 

The initiative will run across Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #30Days30WaysUK and involve public sector organisations from across the Thames Valley, including Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service, Thames Valley Police, South Central Ambulance Service, NHS England and councils.

Deputy Chief Constable for Thames Valley Police and Chair of the Thames Valley Local Resilience Forum John Campbell said: “For the emergency services and our public sector partners, preparing for and responding to emergencies is part of the day job, but for our communities, some of who are vulnerable, when something unexpected happens it can have a significant impact.

“The Thames Valley LRF has a responsibility to help our communities to prepare and protect themselves. It is through initiatives such as this that we can build personal and community resilience so when such events occur, people know what to do and the impact is reduced.”

About the Thames Valley Local Resilience Forum

The Thames Valley LRF was established by the Civil Contingencies Act 2004, which placed a duty on public sector organisations, such as emergency services, local authorities, the NHS and health agencies and environment-related government agencies, such as the Environment Agency, to warn, inform and advise the public in the event of an emergency. The borders of the LRF match those of Thames Valley Police and cover an area of the 2,200 square miles of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Milton Keynes.

A Local Resilience Forum (LRF) is not a legal entity, nor does it have powers to direct its members. Nevertheless, the CCA and the Regulations provide that responders, through the LRF, have a collective responsibility to plan, prepare and communicate in a multi-agency environment.

About 30 Days 30 Ways

The 30 Days 30 Ways concept was originally developed by the Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency in Vancouver, Washington, and is in its sixth year.

Northamptonshire County Council are the originators of the UK initiative, running a campaign every September as part of UK preparedness month. Click here for the 30 Days 30 Ways UK website.