Our climate steering group have been talking to the Avon Resilience Forum. They work with people like the police and fire brigade to keep people in Bristol save when dangerous weather and events happen. As the heatwave this week shows, climate change is making this kind of weather happen more often.
Disabled people are one of the groups most vulnerable when these things happen so it’s very important we’re thought about in these plans. We are working with them to make sure that all their services are accessible and we are thought about.
Information to help you stay safe
Registering with utility providers as a priority service user
Doing this will help put you on lists so that the services are given to you first in difficult times. It will also mean that people like the fire brigade know you are Disabled person and are a priority in disasters.
- Bristol Water: Priority Services (bristolwater.co.uk)
- Wessex Water: Priority Services | Wessex Water
- Western Power Distribution: Western Power Distribution – Priority services
- British Gas: Priority Services Register – British Gas
- Bristol Energy: Our help for vulnerable customers | Bristol Energy (bristol-energy.co.uk)
British Red Cross:
These sites help you know how to be head for when difficult weather hits so you know it’s happening and can leave your house quickly if needed.
- The Emergency Preparedness App: Free emergency apps | British Red Cross
- How to make an emergency kit bag: Your emergency kit | British Red Cross
- This is a link for the weather warnings that gives warnings about coming heat waves, heavy rainfall and flooding: UK weather warnings – Met Office
- How to stay safe during the heatwave: Hot weather and its impacts – Met Office
- Information and advice on flooding, thunder, storms and power cuts: WeatherReady – Met Office
Your nearest Place of Safety
Places of Safety are where people can go to be safe in dangerous weather. We are working to make sure they can provide for all accessibility needs.
- This is a map to all the council’s places of safety for leaving the house because of diasters: Bristol – Pinpoint local information
National Alert System
Starting in the summer, emergency alerts will be sent to mobile phones in the area if there is a danger to life nearby. More information here: Emergency Alerts – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Have your voice heard
We are continue to work with the Avon Resilience Forum and if you would like to be involved please email: email@example.com
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