Emergency planning ahead of floods and wintry weather in Wyberton has been praised by the village and area’s most important citizen.
New Mayor of Boston Coun Richard Austin is leading calls for community groups to prepare themselves for emergencies. in partnership with Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, Lincolnshire Police, the Environment Agency and Boston Borough Council.
The importance of having an emergency plan was highlighted when torrential rain and floods hit the Boston area in December 2013, affecting about 500 homes across the borough.
Coun Austin, a borough and parish councillor for Wyberton, said: “They say that communities know their residents best and can help identify those who might need a little extra help, as well as those who have useful skills and valuable information to include in an emergency plan.
“Such a plan will not only assist the emergency services if there is a major event but will also ensure the safety of residents in the village.
“Parish councils hold the key to community involvement and Wyberton is one that has already formed its own emergency planning group and prepared an emergency plans, with a team of 15 volunteers trained to spring into action.
They say that communities know their residents best and parish councils hold the key to community involvementCoun Richard Austin, borough and parish councillor for Wyberton and Mayor of Boston
“They have already been put to the test in exercises featuring flood and a winter weather white-out - emergencies that hardly ever announce themselves and happen suddenly, without warning and are often dramatic, even traumatic.
“You can help your community plan ahead for how it will cope in the event of 999 emergencies such as flood, fire, accident, exceptional weather and even illness by completing a record of what you and your community already knows.
“A community emergency plan can save time and lives.”