Emergency services are joining forces to provide fun and games alongside advice and demonstrations at a safety event at the Riverside Entertainment Centre in Norwich on Saturday 18 March.
Organised by Norwich City Council, Norwich Prepared is an event for the whole family, hosting expert representatives from a range of agencies aiming to raise awareness of localised risks and answer any questions people may have about emergencies.
The event will provide information on the simple, practical things everyone can do to help lessen the impact of an expected event, such as developing a household emergency plan and putting together an emergency kit should there be a need to evacuate our home.
There will also be water rescue demonstration on the river, together with first aid advice, a children’s activity area with a miniature guided walk along the Broads and an opportunity to win prizes supplied from local businesses, including Norwich City Football Club, Hollywood Bowl, Queen of Iceni and Las Iguanas.
Cllr Paul Kendrick, Norwich City Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for emergency planning said: “Most of us rarely have time to stop and think about what we would do in the event of an emergency such as flooding, and it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
“As we approach the warmer months, it is also important to refresh ourselves on safety around the number of riverside areas we have in the city, and of course when we visit the glorious Norfolk seaside.
“This is a brilliant way to get practical, useful advice about some basic but vital ways can do be better prepared and stay safe.”
Each of the agencies involved in Norwich Prepared are members of the Norfolk Resilience Forum, which was set up to work together to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies.
Louise Pepper, chair of the Norfolk Resilience Forum, said: "This event is a great opportunity for members of the public to see the work of the emergency services, local authority and Norfolk Resilience Forum partners in preparing for and responding to an emergency and how your community can help themselves to be prepared.”
Norwich Prepared takes place on Saturday 18 March from 10.30am – 3.30pm and could not take place without the following organisations:
- Norfolk Resilience Forum
- Norwich City Council
- Riverside Entertainment
- Environment Agency
- Norfolk Fire & Rescue
- Norfolk Lowland Search & Rescue
- Broads Authority
- Norfolk Constabulary
- Norfolk County Council
- British Red Cross
- Broads Beat
- Tunnels to Towers
- Sea Cadets
- Met Office