States of Guernsey Home Department distributes Emergency Planning leaflet

January 24th, 2011 by States of Guernsey Home Department

(click on the image to download the Emergency planning leaflet from the States of Guernsey Home Department)

The States of Guernsey Home Department is distributing a credit card-size leaflet to every Guernsey postal address as part of the Home Department’s drive to raise awareness about emergency planning and preparedness in the island.

The leaflet sets out information on what the highest risks facing the island are, what the individual can do to mitigate these risks or help themselves if a major incident/emergency occurs which effects them.

By being better informed and prepared, you can significantly reduce the risk to life and property in an emergency. Being prepared for a major emergency also means you can deal more effectively with minor ones. In most situations you will either need to seek immediate shelter from the threat or hazard or to move right away from it, so it makes sense to have a plan for both.

Emergency planning exercise (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The Emergency Planning Officer, Catherine Veron explains “influenza type disease continues to be the highest risk to the island in terms of major incident/emergency but we need to ensure that we have contingency plans in place for a variety of different type incidents such as major coastal flooding. Being aware of these risks and having generic plans in place either as an individual/family or from a businesses/government perspective is important to ensure that we are suitably prepared and resilient”.

If you do not get a copy during the week, or would like further copies, please contact the Emergency Planning Officer on 717337 or e-mail her at catherine.veron @ gov.gg. Copies are also available in Latvian or Portuguese and all the information is available from the Emergency Planning section of the Home Department website.

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