PRESS RELEASE 28/1/2015 - Learning to be resilient and prepared for emergencies in Craven

COMMUNITIES across Craven are being given the chance to attend free training in Settle this February, which will prepare them to face emergencies and extreme weather, as well as a host of other scenarios.

Emergency services and Community Resilience teams will be in attendance at the event to offer their expert guidance on matters ranging from flooding, to crime, to snow and ice. It will be an exciting and essential opportunity to learn more about protecting your home and your community, as well as look at supporting those who may be more vulnerable than you.

‘Keep Calm and focus on Community Resilience’ is being organised by Rural Action Yorkshire (RAY) and North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC), whose Emergency Planning Unit is adept at coming to the aid of many towns and villages that may be at risk and supporting them to be more resilient. Fire, police and ambulance services will speak about dealing with emergency situations and how by working together with communities they can deliver a more effective coordinated response.

Senior Emergency Planner, Robin Derry, says: “Emergency services always have to prioritise those in greatest need during an emergency, especially where life is in danger. Communities may therefore need to rely on their own resources to minimise the impact of an emergency before help can arrive. Communities have to ask themselves – could you cope? Are you prepared?”

As part of the Craven Winter Weather project which is being rolled out across the district, the event calls on community leaders and voluntary groups such as parish councils or even local school governors to come along and think about what else can be done to keep residents safe, warm and well this winter. It will take place at Victoria Hall in Settle on Thursday 26th February from 4 – 6pm and include light refreshments.

As well as learning about emergency planning and resilience, delegates will have the chance to hear about fuel poverty, winter weather, and supporting vulnerable people who may be at risk of isolation, loneliness, and health and wellbeing issues. Personal resilience will be discussed as a potential solution to alleviate concerns around health and wellbeing of residents in a community. To attend the free training, you can contact RAY on 0845 313 0270.

Martha Holmes, who is organising the event for RAY, says: “We are active across Yorkshire in the fight against extreme weather and community resilience scenarios. Support to rural areas in the face of public cuts is one of our top priorities. This training will empower local people to think about the ways in which they can make sure they are ready for emergency situations. We are keen to hear ideas from people in the Craven area and look forward to meeting you in February.” 

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Editor’s Notes

Photos attached.

Media contact: Candice Dowson, Marketing & PR Officer, Rural Action Yorkshire tel. 0845 313 0270.

We would be interested in a staff photographer attending the event.



Rural Action Yorkshire

Based at Askham Bryan, near York, RAY is one of 38 Rural Community Councils in England.  It isan independent, charitable, and voluntary organisation working across rural areas of North, South and West Yorkshire, to help communities improve the quality of life for all people living and working in rural Yorkshire. Key work includes:

* Providing advice and grant support for sustainable multi-use community buildings, which can act as a focal point for village services

* Helping local communities carry out community led plans, which identify the strengths and weaknesses of village life and plan how the local community sees future development taking place

RAY and the other 37 rural community councils across England form the ACRE Network (Action with Communities in Rural England).

Find Rural Action Yorkshire online at www.ruralyorkshire.org.ukand Twitter @RuralYorkshire