Council call for volunteers to help with emergency planning exercise

Sheffield Town Hall, Sheffield city centre
Sheffield Town Hall, Sheffield city centre
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Sheffield Council are asking for volunteers to help play the part of people affected by an emergency to help with a city planning exercise.

Up to 30 people are needed to help create a make believe situation where residents have been evacuated from their homes and taken to an emergency centre.

The council has plans for what to do if the worst happens. They regularly carry out emergency planning training and sometimes need from members if the public.

The exercise will take place on Wednesday November 25 from 10am – 3.30pm at a city centre location. It will involve officers from South Yorkshire Police, British Red Cross, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, and Taylor Shaw, all would potentially have a role in a real-life emergency reception centre.

On the day people will be given a brief script of the role they will be playing and will be asked to act this out and use their imagination to develop it.

In previous exercises the council has asked the general public to test the response of the Council in a severe weather situation, and chemical spillages.

Councillor Terry Fox, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport at Sheffield City Council said: “We’re running the exercise to test out our plans to make sure we’re prepared for emergencies, and it’s really helpful to involve the public in this. Please come along and volunteer if you can.”

The council is asking for people of all ages to come forward by Wednesday 18 November.

For more information or to confirm your place, please contact Philip Horton or Lorraine Mitchell on 0114 2734504 or you email philip.horton@sheffield.gov.uk or lorraine.mitchell@sheffield.gov.uk