News

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…


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…