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Community emergency plans

Thank you to everyone who came along to the Community Emergency Plan public meeting recently.

The Parish Council will be co-ordinating Community Emergency Plans for each village within the parish. These plans come into effect in the event of a major emergency, such as heavy snowfall, flooding, a major fire or the closure of the A39 due to a major accident.

The plans are an initial ‘first aid’ response before outside assistance arrives, the plans will contain an audit of hazards (such as industrial sites within the parish), resources and skills in the local community (ie. rest/shelter centres (generally Churches/village halls) GPs, vets, people with 4x4's, tractors, chainsaw certificates etc.) and is a plan of who is available to help in the event of an emergency. For example someone with a tractor or 4 x 4 may be able to ferry medical staff into a village to deliver medical supplies or treat a resident who needs medical attention.

The plans will contain contact details of people who can provide assistance in an emergency but this would only be in a major emergency, when the plan would be activated by Cornwall Council. Their contact details would not be made public and the plan is kept in a secure area at County Hall and only available to their emergency staff and services.

Devoran Councillor, Paul Lightfoot is taking the overall lead on this project and the plans will be produced one village at a time, with a co-ordinator from the residents for each village.

The first village to have a plan produced will be Feock and the co-ordinator in the village for this plan will be Martin Davey. A meeting will be set up in St Feock Church Hall in early October and notices will be displayed advertising this nearer the time.

The co-ordinator for Devoran is Tristan Jones. We are looking for co-ordinators for Carnon Downs and Point & Penpol, if anyone is interested in being involved please contact Debra Roberts, the Parish Clerk on or 01872 863333.

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