Get Winter Ready
Information on how to be winter ready is now available. Advice on general flooding, winter driving, how to be prepared for emergencies and much more is available at www.cumbriawinterready.org.uk
Support is also available from ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT). They are encouraging households across the county to consider how to be better prepared in the event of an emergency and has produced a simple Household Emergency Plan leaflet to help.
Families and households can better cope with emergencies by preparing in advance and working together as a team. The leaflet suggests practical action you can take at home, including: having a plan; what to put in an emergency ‘grab bag’; how to stay informed; and responding to an incident.
The Household Emergency Plan leaflet is available online at www.cumbriaaction.org.uk or for free copies to distribute in your community, or for more information, please contact ACT on 01228 817224 or email [email protected]
The Cumbria Strategic Flood Partnership includes the Environment Agency, Cumbria County Council, Carlisle City Council (and other district councils), United Utilities and a wide range of representatives from other organisations and community groups. Alongside recovery work, communities and organisations came together to produce the Cumbria Flood Action Plan. This aims to make Cumbria better prepared to manage flood risk for the future. To find out more, visit www.cumbriastrategicfloodpartnership.org
More information on the regional approach to managing flood and coastal risk can be found by visiting: https://thefloodhub.co.uk/
Carlisle Flood Plan
We have also produced a Carlisle Flood Plan, in partnership with Cumbria County Council and the Environment Agency. This sets out what actions we will take in the event of a flood. A copy of the plan is available as a downloadable document.
How you can get involved
- Individuals and communities are encouraged to help shape and deliver the Cumbria Flood Action Plan. If you are keen to get involved, the Environment Agency can direct you to your local flood action group. Email them at [email protected]
- There are a number of tools to help communities produce emergency plans. These are available at www.cumbriaaction.org.uk/WhatWeDo/CommunityEmergencyPlanning
- If you would like further advice or support on forming a community group and developing a flood plan you can contact the Environment Agency at [email protected]
Electricity North West owns, operates and maintains the North West’s electricity network. Occasionally planned and unplanned power cuts do happen and for many customers, being without power can cause extra difficulties that might affect their daily needs. By signing up to our Priority Services Register they can provide extra support to ensure you’re safe and comfortable until the power is back on.
This is a FREE service and some of the benefits include:
- Receive proactive updates on power cuts in your area.
- Nominate a friend or family member to be contacted in the event of a power cut in your area.
- They can provide practical items such as warm blankets or a torch to help prepare for a power cut.
- Text message weather alerts.
They also offer free energy saving advice to help reduce bills, keep your home warmer and minimise the impact on the environment to our Priority Services Registered customers. Find more at https://www.enwl.co.uk/power-cuts/priority-services-register/