The region’s power network operator, Electricity North West, is helping residents in Millom, Cumbria develop local resilience plans for use in emergencies.
Electricity North West, in partnership with Cumbria Constabulary, Cumbria County Council, Environment Agency and Cumbria Neighbourhood Watch Association, has organised next week’s special event to help provide residents with the essential skills and resources to respond to local emergencies like flooding or major power cuts caused by severe weather.
The event, which will take place next Thursday (25th June) at the Millom Network Centre on Salthouse Road, will help build community relationships through emergency planning exercises, discussions around potential issues and the emergency services available in the area.
Stephanie Trubshaw, head of customer experience for Electricity North West, said: “We are urging all local residents and businesses to come along to this event to discover everything they need to know to be able to respond to a local emergency.
“A lot of agencies work together during emergencies, but we want to work directly with communities to help them develop their own local plans to use in times of disruption to their normal daily routines.”
Joe Murray, vice chair for Cumbria Neighbourhood Watch Association, said: “Cumbria Neighbourhood Watch Association is pleased to be working in partnership with Electricity North West in organising this event.
“It provides yet another opportunity to reflect the resilience of local Neighbourhood Watch Schemes and how they can and do contribute to Emergency Planning within their communities.”
Residents are welcome to attend one of three sessions next Thursday which will take place at 1.30pm-3pm, 3.30pm-5pm and 5.30pm-7pm.
To find out more about Electricity North West visit www.electricitynorthwest.co.uk and if you experience a power cut call 0800 195 4141 or follow @ElectricityNW.
Vulnerable customers and those with a medical dependency on electricity can sign up to a Priority Services Register to receive extra support during power cuts by visiting www.enwl.co.uk/priority.