27 February 2012

Northamptonshire County Council's emergency planning service has teamed up with Girlguiding Northamptonshire and Northamptonshire Scouts on an initiative to help children be more prepared for an emergency.

A new ‘in case of emergency’ activity badge has been developed for cubs and brownies to encourage them to learn about emergency planning and community resilience.

Aimed at children aged 7 to 11, the activity includes a workbook to take through the steps to be able to complete a personal emergency plan for themselves and their families. Information packs have also been created for cubs and brownie leaders to help them guide children through the workbook.

The first 4,000 badges are being funded by the Environment Agency which, along with the British Red Cross, has provided 50 grab-bags containing emergency items to be given out to the first group of children to complete the activity.

The badge has been developed through the Local Resilience Forum Welfare Group which is made up of the various organisations that work together in an emergency such as the Northamptonshire Emergency Planning Team, NHS Northamptonshire, The Environment Agency, Northamptonshire Police, British Red Cross, Salvation Army, St John Ambulance and others.

Jane Causebrook, County Commissioner for Girlguiding Northamptonshire, said: “We, Girlguiding Northamptonshire, are delighted to have been included in the organisation of this new and exciting venture. The Brownies loved helping design the badge and will get a great deal out of the Emergency Planning challenge."

Tony Keay, County Commissioner for Northamptonshire Scouts said “We are pleased to have been involved in the development of this project. It seems appropriate for us to support this, as it is a great example of enabling our young people to "Be Prepared".

Cabinet member for infrastructure and public protection Councillor Andre Gonzalez de Savage said: “This is the first badge of this type and is great example of what can be achieved by working together with partners to spread the message about emergency preparedness.

“By helping children to learn more about emergency planning in a fun way, it will help to ensure that they and their families can be better prepared and more resilient if the worst happens."