Creating an emergency plan for East Boldre
It’s only a little over a year since the tornado hit our village so it is still fresh in our memory. We all hope that such an event is unlikely to happen again, but it did help focus the minds of many residents on how as a community we could enhance our ability to cope with any emergency of whatever sort and in particular to ensure that our more vulnerable residents are safe and looked after.
With this in mind, your Parish Council is working on the East Boldre Community Emergency Plan to set down how the village can provide local assistance and support the emergency services in a significant incident where their own response may be stretched or delayed.
Many other communities have already created a plan, so there is plenty of help available on how to prepare one. A well-attended public meeting was held on 18th February in the Village Hall and a number of residents volunteered to form a Working Group to prepare a plan for the village.
As this plan develops, we hope to get many in our community involved as volunteers to assist in the unlikely event that it needs to be put into action. A range of skills will be required including, for example, being a representative for your lane or immediate cluster of properties, preparing food, lending equipment or 4 x 4 driving and first aid. The list of volunteers will be confidential so do not fear that you will be called on in anything other than a major emergency.
We hope for two things for our plan, the first being that we never have to use it! The second is that we can compile and keep up-to-date a pack of information and procedures that can be put into action immediately the need arises.
Look out for future updates on progress with the plan.