05 November 2013

Northamptonshire County Council is looking for representatives from local faith communities to help with emergency planning in the county.

About the faith group

The county council’s emergency planning team co-ordinates a faith group which brings together people from different communities to help inform contingency plans for major emergencies as well as look at how they can provide guidance and advice in the event of an emergency.

The group is looking for more faith leaders and representatives to join and take part in various projects aimed at supporting people during an incident. Examples of work the group has achieved so far include the creation of the Anthology of Prayers, Reading and Reflections in the Time of Need as well as producing best practice guidance.

Cabinet member for Public Protection, Strategic Infrastructure and Economic Growth, Councillor Andre Gonzalez de Savage said: “Major emergencies can affect anyone, whoever they are and whatever their background and so it is vital that we are prepared to deal appropriately with casualties and their families from all sorts of different faith backgrounds.

“We know that shock and grief is made a little more bearable if it is clear that those responding to the situation on the ground have dealt with the victim in a sensitive and thoughtful way, that honours the requirements of his or her faith, and that they continue to display this sensitivity in working with the affected families.”

For more information

A drop-in session is planned for anyone who wants to find out more about the group, meet current members and find out how they can support their communities. This will take place on Thursday 28 November 2013 from 3pm until 8pm at County Hall in Northampton.