Author: Jacob Forgham

Time to get prepared with the latest advice and guidance


Although winter weather and snow can be fun for some, it can be hazardous to our health and wellbeing as well as disrupting to our daily lives. Being prepared at home and in our communities will help to minimise those impacts and keep you well this winter. Top tips! Whether you’re at home, work or…

Community Resilience Day: Presentations now available


On behalf of all of us at Somerset Prepared, a massive thank you for your attendance and contribution to the Community Resilience Day 2018! We welcomed over 80 people from communities across Somerset and further afield for a range of presentations and workshops including communities sharing experiences and inspiring other to write, refresh and test their…

Get Ready for Summer! Tips for Staying Safe in the Sun


While we look forward to summer, it’s important to remember that the effects of long spells of hot weather can be hazardous to health. This is especially the case with vulnerable groups, such as the very young, the elderly and the seriously ill. If there is an average temperature of 30°C during the day and…

Become a Community Reserve Volunteer today!


The British Red Cross have launched a new initiative to help you support the response to emergencies in your local community. A Community Reserve Volunteer is anyone who wants to help their local community if a large incident should occur, but is perhaps unable to commit time to regular volunteering.  No specialist skills are required…

Avian influenza (bird flu) prevention zone in place


From 18 January 2018, an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone applies to everyone who keeps poultry or captive birds in England. If you keep poultry or birds, you must follow detailed requirements on strict biosecurity, whether you have commercial flocks or just a few birds in a backyard flock. These measures have been taken because bird flu has been…

Somerset Emergency Community Contacts – Are You Signed Up?


Somerset Emergency Community Contacts are individuals identified by their local Parish or Town Council to be a point of contact in an emergency. Past incidents identified that some communities were unsure who to contact for help and that responding agencies would have benefited from some valuable local knowledge. To address this the Somerset Local Authorities’…

Celebrating National Volunteers Week 2017


Volunteers’ Week is an annual event taking place at the start of June and celebrates the contribution made by millions of volunteers across the UK. It’s run by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations in partnership with Volunteer Development Scotland, Volunteer Now(Northern Ireland) and Wales Council for Voluntary Action. In Somerset, voluntary sector organisations come together…

Are You Cyber Secure? Business Continuity Awareness Week 2017


According to a report from the Business Continuity Institute,  two out of three organisations have experienced at least one cyber security incident during the last year. With that in mind the theme for this year’s Business Continuity Awareness Week (May 15th – 19th) is ‘Cyber Resilience’. Each day we’ll be considering some of the risks…

Updated Community Risk Register published


Under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004, Local Resilience Forums have a statutory duty to produce a Community Risk Register to enable the community to be better prepared to cope during an emergency and to recover more quickly. The Avon and Somerset Local Resilience Forum has now published the 2017 risk register which can be found…

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