24 September 2010

Emergency planning experts from Northamptonshire County Council have joined forces with the Environment Agency, county council’s fire & rescue service and voluntary agencies who provide assistance in an emergency and will be out and about next week to provide information about how residents can protect their home from flooding.

The emergency planning team will be taking out the fire and rescue service’s new community outreach vehicle to coincide with the Environment Agency testing the flood sirens. The Environment Agency will be carrying out their annual testing the flood warning sirens at five separate sites in Northampton on Wednesday (29th September).

The community outreach vehicle will be in Northampton on Tuesday 28 September at B&Q car park, Towcester Road from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Wednesday 29 September at Morrisons, Victoria Promenade from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Emergency planning will be providing advice and information on how people can help protect their homes from flooding as well as home emergency kits. These kits contain guidelines on how to prepare an emergency bag, checklists to what to consider if being evacuated from your home for any reason and useful phone numbers.

Anyone who hears the flood warning sirens at any other time than the date above, should be aware that it is the Environment Agency issuing a severe flood warning or that there is a likelihood of the defences being breached and should take appropriate action which has been issued by the Environment Agency

Anyone requiring further information can go to the county council’s web site www.northamptonshire.gov.uk and the Environment Agency’s website www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/default.aspx