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From flooding and fires to flu pandemics and transport accidents, emergencies can take a variety of forms and the key to dealing with all of them is good preparation.
This year, from 1 - 30 September, Thames Valley Local Resilience Forum (TVLRF) will be supporting the 30 Days 30 Ways campaign - a national initiative which aims to increase individual awareness and resilience in emergency situations.
Every day in September will focus on a different aspect of emergency preparedness. Thames Valley Local Resilience Forum partner organisations will be using Facebook and Twitter to share practical advice, guidance and resources to help prepare homes and businesses throughout the Thames Valley for whatever emergency may arise.
Deputy Chief Constable Jason Hogg, Chair of the TVLRF, said: “Despite comprehensive prevention efforts on the part of the emergency services and public sector organisations, emergencies do still occur and can have a significant impact on the lives of those involved. The Thames Valley LRF has a responsibility to help our communities to prepare and protect themselves.
“30 Days 30 Ways encourages people from all walks of life to take small steps to become better personally prepared to deal with many types of hazards which they may encounter. Initiatives such as these help to build personal and community resilience so that when emergencies do occur, the impact is reduced.”
The Thames Valley Local Resilience Forum is a partnership of public sector service organisations which are involved in preventing and co-ordinating responses to emergencies in the Thames Valley. Organisations involved include Thames Valley Police, Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Services, South Central Ambulance Service, NHS England and district, city and county councils.
Follow the campaign throughout the month using the hashtag #30Days30WaysUK.