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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…


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…


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…


Dunster Community Flood Group established

Members of Dunster Parish Council have come together with volunteers and support from the Community Resilience in Somerset Partnership to establish the Dunster Community Flood Group. The group now has a Sand Store, an Equipment Store plus enough equipment to help the group to tackle flooding problems in the future and protect vulnerable parishioners. For more…


New! Map of emergency shelter & support facilities in Somerset

The Somerset Local Authorities maintain a database of large facilities and trained staff across the County suitable for providing shelter and support in the event of an emergency. In addition to this we recognise that not all emergencies affect large populations and in some cases, by the time we activate our staff and resources the…


Spontaneous volunteer conference to be held in Somerset

Ignore or Enable? The Somerset Local Authorities’ Civil Contingencies Partnership is hosting a conference on May 9th at the Westlands Entertainment Venue in Yeovil to explore the role of spontaneous volunteers in an emergency. With addresses from local, national and international perspectives in both practice and academia, this will be an excellent opportunity share lessons…


Avian influenza (bird flu) in winter 2016 to 2017

Avian influenza (bird flu) is a disease of birds. The H5N8 strain of the disease has been found in wild and farmed birds in the UK. A number of measures are in place to reduce the risk of the disease spreading. Public Health England advises that the risk to public health is very low and…



Avian influenza (bird flu) prevention zone extended

An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone that has been in place since 6 December will be extended until 28 February to help protect poultry and captive birds from avian flu, the Chief Veterinary Officer has announced. The zone requires keepers of poultry and other captive birds to continue to keep their birds indoors, or take appropriate…


Somerset Prepared Newsletter

Four times a year we’ll be bringing you the latest news, advice and support to help keep your emergency preparedness arrangements up to date and your homes, communities and businesses prepared. Somerset Prepared Newsletter Dec_16


Poultry gatherings suspended following avian flu case

Further measures announced to reduce the risk of avian flu spreading. A temporary suspension on gatherings of some species of birds will apply across England, Scotland and Wales from today (Tuesday) following a case of highly pathogenic avian flu of the H5N8 strain at a farm in Lincolnshire. The ban on gatherings applies to birds…


Avian influenza (bird flu) identified at Lincolnshire farm

Avian flu of the H5N8 strain has been confirmed in turkeys at a farm near Louth in Lincolnshire today (16 December). Most birds at the premises have died – any remaining birds there will be humanely culled. We have put in place a 3km Protection Zone and a 10km Surveillance Zone around the infected farm…


New measures to protect poultry against Avian Flu

The Chief Veterinary Officer has declared a Prevention Zone to help protect poultry from a strain of Avian Flu in Europe. For more information on the current situation visit the Department for Environment & Rural Affairs. For sources of local advice and guidance see our Animal Disease information page.