Preparing for Emergencies
During a major emergency, the emergency services and other agencies responding to the incident will be stretched to capacity, they will need to prioritise their actions and they may not be able to reach everybody right away. It is therefore vital that individuals and communities take action to prepare themselves and their families for emergency situations.
Emergencies can happen quickly and without warning. It could mean the loss of basic services including water, gas, power and telephones. It may mean damage or threat of damage to your property by flooding, fire or blast. The emergency services may need to evacuate your home or indeed your whole neighbourhood or confine you to your property until the danger has passed.
The Government and emergency response agencies are working hard to ensure they are as prepared as they can be in the event of an emergency and it is important that you are ready too. By being informed and prepared, you can significantly reduce the risk to you and your families’ lives.
Planning ahead is something we all do in our everyday lives in case things go wrong or don’t turn out the way we expected. Emergency planning is much the same – its about being prepared for situations should they happen.
Blackpool Council has developed a guidance document to assist you to help you make arrangements for you and your family in the event of an emergency - this could be anything from a power cut caused by severe weather to a major incident in your local community.