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Situation Update During Covid 19

Posted on 21st April, 2020 in News

From all of the Somerset Prepared partners we hope that you are all keeping safe during these difficult times. Vital work to maintain essential public services in Somerset is continuing during in what is an unprecedented time for our county and the country as a whole.

The Somerset Local Authorities Civil Contingencies Partnership is working to create guidance and considerations on what to do during an evacuation emergency while there is a Covid outbreak. Be rest assured we are doing everything we can with the emergency services to ensure that everyone’s best interests are at the forefront of planning for an evacuation.

Can you help us?

We are on the look out for people who own/manage Hotels,B&Bs and Holiday Parks who would be willing to open their doors if we needed to provide emergency overnight accommodation to individuals needing to evacuate during an emergency. As well as having our registered rest centres and places of safety this would provide us with the resilience we need to keep families separate and safe during this Covid crisis. If you are able to help please fill out this form to provide all the information we need. We thank you very much for your help in advance.

Emergency Overnight Accommodation – Hotel/B&B/Caravan/Holiday Park Form

Mindline Somerset – Mindline is a confidential listening service which provides a safe place to talk if you, or someone you know, is in distress. We can also give basic information about mental health and local support services.

An update from the Environment Agency: We remain fully operational, with the majority of our staff working from home. Our remaining frontline teams will be active, where necessary, on the ground tackling priority issues such as flood risk and pollution.

Inspections of flood risk assets damaged in Storms Ciara and Dennis are still underway using local inspectors. We are prioritising our work to protect the most at-risk communities to ensure they continue to remain resilient.

During this pandemic the Environment Agency continues to protect people and the environment, working alongside our partners. Please report any pollution incidents on 0800 80 70 60 and stay #floodaware.

Volunteering: There has been an outpouring of public support and care for each other across Somerset communities as COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continues to increase across the UK. If you would like to get involved please go to https://www.sparksomerset.org.uk/covid-19 to see what you could do to help. So far 1200 volunteers have signed up!

For more information on the latest National and Local information relating to Coronavirus, small business grants, NHS advice and useful links go to https://www.somerset.gov.uk/coronavirus/