Free training about how to prepare for emergencies and strengthen communities is being offered to Somerset residents this October.
A dozen interactive online sessions are being run as part as Somerset’s fourth annual Community Resilience event, organised by the Somerset Prepared partnership.
Partnership members include Somerset Rivers Authority, the emergency services, the county and district councils, the Environment Agency, Somerset Rotary, Spark, Red Cross and Safe South West.
Online training sessions
Different online sessions are spread out over three weeks from Monday 4 October until Friday 22 October. Subjects and speakers include:
- Property flood resilience, with national flood resilience expert Mary Donhau and the Environment Agency
- Using social media in flooding emergencies, with communications officers from Somerset County Council’s Highways and Transport section (@TravelSomerset)
- How we can prepare for the challenges our changing climate may bring, with SRA Community Engagement officers Emma Giffard and Dawn James
- Three sessions with Communities Prepared (a national community resilience programme) about insurance, volunteer recruitment and risk assessments
Cllr David Hall, Chair of Somerset Rivers Authority and Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Planning and Community Infrastructure, said: “Interactive events like this are an excellent way to raise awareness with local communities and individuals, and to help them take vital steps in preparing for an incident, which could ultimately save lives.
“It’s a great opportunity for groups to hear from each other, share their experiences and ask the experts. The training workshops are focused on topics we often see raised by communities.”
Register and book places
To register and book, go to the Somerset Prepared website: http://www.somersetprepared.org.uk/somerset-prepared-event/community-resilience-event-programme-2021/
All registrants get an information pack, an event pack and occasional emails highlighting potentially interesting subjects and useful resources.
Eight face-to-face events are also being held. These include an open evening for Langport and Huish Episcopi Flood Group on Tuesday 5 October, and Avon & Somerset Police beat surgeries in Wiveliscombe, Taunton, Minehead, Wellington, Bridgwater and Burnham-on-Sea.
Throughout October, participants are encouraged to share their experiences by tweeting at Somerset Prepared (@SomersetPrepare) and using the hashtag #ImSomersetPrepared