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Three years ago it was flood - are you prepared for any emergency?

'Tis the season to be... aware of flood risk.

Around this time, three years ago, the unthinkable actually happened and Boston suffered a catastrophic flood. It happened as a result of an unfortunate coincidence of an extra-large high tide, low air pressure leading to a bulge in the sea surface and a storm driving the tidal waters from the North Sea into The Wash and along the tidal Haven into Boston.

 

The tidal water overtopped the riverbanks and flood defences leading to sudden and dramatic flooding on the night of December 5, 2013, affecting around 900 residential and commercial properties.

There are no predictions for these nightmarish conditions to happen again anytime soon. But... there is always a possibility.

Flooding isn't the only emergency which could happen. But preparation is the key whatever the difficulty.

When an emergency does happen the emergency services, voluntary sector and local authorities will be busy helping those people who need them the most.

It's up to you to make sure your family and the people you care about know what to do and that you all have what you need to get through on your own until help arrives.

It's not as hard as you might think. Have a chat with your family and work out what you'll do using this simple self-help guide to help families prepare for times of crisis http://bit.ly/2gFlekR

Your community may have a plan in place which can be activated in times of crisis? Would you like to get involved with your local community emergency plan?

To find out more and to see if your community has a plan in place or is going through the development stages check on the map here Community resilience. If no plan exists in your community (shown in white on the map) why not start one? Community Emergency Plan templates are available to download free here http://bit.ly/2fMNgMu

Community emergency planning is not about leaving you to your own devices until the emergency services arrive, or providing a service to the community instead of an emergency response. It's about enhancing what we are all trying to do in the first place by saving and preserving life. It's about giving people the right information at the right time so they can make choices based on this information. Community resilience is about communication, talking to each other, being a good neighbour and then sharing this with the emergency services and local authority so the community can recover more quickly from an emergency.

If you would like to be put in touch with your local community team please email steve.harris@lincoln.fire-uk.org

Under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 Boston Borough Council has the responsibility to perform certain duties to prepare for, respond to and recover from major emergencies. Emergency planning is the process of a responding agency and in Lincolnshire this task is carried out by the Lincolnshire County Council Emergency Planning and Business Continuity Service, but supported and resourced by all seven districts throughout the county. Together they offer advice and guidance to all communities in the borough around identified risks.

Business continuity is about planning for your business to continue in times of crisis, albeit reduced, so that it can return to business as usual as quickly as possible after a disruption. Under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004, Boston Borough Council is required to undergo business continuity planning of its own, so that it can continue to operate should any part of the organisation be affected by a disaster.  It also offers advice and guidance to small and medium-sized businesses and voluntary sector groups throughout the borough.

If you would like more information on how you can prepare your business against possible disruption please email ronnie.myers@boston.gov.uk