Sapcote has become the first village in the District of Blaby to install an Emergency Store, as it prepares for severe weather and emergency incidents.
Developed with Sapcote Parish Council, the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Local Resilience Forum and Blaby District Council, the Emergency Plan and store is designed to ensure communities have the support and equipment in place should an emergency situation occur. It will also give local people the chance to respond if other services are overwhelmed.
The community managed store was funded by a £600 grant from the Emergency Stores Scheme, run by the LLR Resilience Partnership. The new storage cabinet includes sandbags, traffic cones, safety helmets and a first aid kit, as well as many other items that will help volunteers cope during an emergency.
Councillor Vic Howell, co-ordinator of the Emergency Plan for Sapcote Parish Council, said: “Whilst we would prefer never to need to use this store, we are pleased to have one here in the village. As locals we know our area better than anyone and this will ensure we are prepared should any emergency incidents occur.”
Councillor Iain Hewson, Portfolio Holder for Health Improvement, Leisure & Regulatory Services Portfolio Holder, said: “We hope this will be the first of many local communities to work towards having this an emergency plan and store in their village. Support is available to anyone interested in developing their own plan to follow in Sapcote’s footsteps.”
There are now over 40 Response plans in place or being developed throughout Leicestershire and Rutland.
To find out more about the Community Emergency Stores Scheme, Community Response Plans and the support available from the Resilience Partnership Team visit www.leicestershirecommunities.org.uk/csi/community-response-plans, call 0116 305 6101 or email email@example.com.