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Do you know what to do in the case of an emergency? Do you have a plan? What is a grab bag?

In conjunction with the launch of a new website aimed to help local residents and businesses be better prepared for emergencies, the public are being asked for their views and opinions.

Today, a website,, has been launched by the Merseyside Resilience Forum which is a collection of emergency services, council representatives and emergency planners working to keep people safe in Merseyside.

The site contains information about emergencies such as severe weather, flooding, pandemic flu and fuel shortages, alongside other Merseyside-specific risks, with very clear and straight-forward advice on the things people can do in their own homes and businesses to prepare for major incidents.

The website suggests simple, but easily overlooked, precautions people can take including putting together an “emergency kit” in case they should need to leave their home suddenly, advice on how and when to switch off the utilities in their home and the importance of tuning into local radio for news updates.

Although the site has been launched we still need the public’s help to ensure the site is working as it should and providing the best possible information. This is a site designed to be used by everyone to help educate and inform people about what to do in the case of emergencies.

The University of Liverpool has created a survey to gauge the public’s understanding of what they should do in an emergency. Residents across Merseyside are being encouraged to take part in the survey which is available online and will be available for three months.

A link to the survey can be found here SURVEY LINK

If you require the survey in other formats please contact [email protected].

Assistant Chief Constable Andy Ward, who chairs the Merseyside Resilience Forum, said: “While we can’t predict when emergencies are going to occur, what we can all do is take more responsibility for preparing ourselves for potential situations.

“The aim of producing this website is to raise awareness of what the risks are in Merseyside and highlight the simple things people can do so they are better prepared to protect themselves, their families, homes and businesses in the event of an emergency.

“To assist us with this endeavour I would urge people to take part in the survey to support us in making this resource as useful and invaluable as possible.

“Ultimately, the more information we have the better placed we will be to provide useful information to the communities of Merseyside.”

Mark Camborne, Chair of the General Working Group, said: “We know from experience that localised incidents like flooding or extreme weather can have a very serious impact on areas of Merseyside.”This new website is a way for us to help local people help themselves, as well as give them the confidence of knowing that all our partner agencies are working hard behind the scenes to mitigate those risks and ensure there are tried and tested support systems in place in times of crisis.”Chief Fire Officer Dan Stephens said: “Although our firefighters are trained and ready to respond to all emergencies when they occur, it is important for people to be aware of what precautions to take, what preparations are required and what they need to know in the event of an emergency. There is information about fire safety on our Service website but this new website will help people be more prepared for all emergencies.”

The website will also give everybody living and working in Merseyside a better understanding of their Local Resilience Forum and an insight into how emergency services, local authorities and other organisations are working together to develop robust plans and systems for responding to local emergencies.

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