2017 NEWS

See below link for 'Get Ready for Winter' Initiative 2017



2015 NEWS

 See below link for 'Get Ready for Winter' Initiative 2015/16:



2014 NEWS

Please see below for a link to the Counselling Directory



2013 NEWS

See below links for Get Ready for Winter information:

'Make time for Winter' a campaign from Highways Agency  - http://www.highways.gov.uk/traffic-information/seasonal-advice/make-time-for-winter/

Get Ready for Winter from the Met Office www.metoffice.gov.uk/getreadyforwinter



2012 NEWS

16 March 2012 -  Click here for the latest Devon County Council Emergency Management newsletter

23 February 2012 - Click here for 'Make time for Winter campaign

2011 NEWS

16 August 2011 - Click her for the Local Flood Plan for Devon and Torbay

6 June 2011  - Click here for 'Cornwall Council wins top accolate for flood response' press release

2 June 2011  - Heatwave Update

Documentation for managing yourself and assisting others during a heatwave has been updated and added to the website. Select here to find out more.

2010 NEWS

1 December 2010 Winter Weather Advice

Please use the link below to view some timely winter weather advice from Devon County Council: http://www.devon.gov.uk/index/councildemocracy/publicsafety/emergencies/winter.htm

2 November 2010 Validation of the new Haldon Hill Severe Weather Response Plan

The new plan to respond to severe weather on Haldon and Telegraph Hill was formally validated through a table-top exercise today. Nearly 50 individuals from 8 organisations expected to deal with this type of event took part. The plan focuses on the traffic management solutions to help alleviate the issues encountered over the past few years. Once the final amendments have been made this plan will be uploaded onto this website.

10 September 2010 - Acronyms/Glossary of Terms

Please click here to view the new Acronyms/Glossary of Terms document, which has been produced to assist with the abbreviations and terms used.

13 July 2010 - New Scout Community Safety Badge

The Scout Community Safety Badge was officially launched today in Cornwall, Devon and Essex. Use this link to the Cornwall Council website to find out more.

5 July 2010 - Heatwave Update

Documentation for managing yourself and assisting others during a heatwave has been updated and added to the website. Select here to find out more.

1 July 2010 LRF Multi-agency Swine Flu Debrief

Members gathered to look at identifying lessons around how our LRF operated during the Swine Flu. The event was facilitated by a member of the Health Protection Agency.

12 January 2010 - Major Incident - Haldon Hill

A Strategic Co-ordinating Group was initiated on the 5 January 2010 to prepare for the expected severe weather. On the 12 January 2010 snow and ice caused a number of incidents on the roads on Haldon and Telegraph Hill in Devon resulting in motorists being unable to move for most of the evening. LRF Responders including Devon & Cornwall Police; Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue; Highways Agency; Devon County Council and voluntary organisation such as Devon & Cornwall 4x4 and the Salvation Army all worked together to help alleviate this major incident. This was managed by a team of practitioners from these organisations at a Tactical Co-ordinating Group away from the incident.

On 26 February 2010 the LRF held a multi-agency debrief and we now await the report and recommendations. In the meantime all Responders have met to look at possible interim traffic management solutions in preparation for another incident at this location.

Although this incident made regional news, there were numerous other severe weather incidents around both Devon and Cornwall that our Responders worked in partnership together to help us all.

2009 NEWS

30 December 2009 - Winter Weather - Safe Driving

The Highways Agency have updated their advice for safe driving in wintery weather. Please see http://www.highways.gov.uk/customer/25614.aspx for helpful advice and tips on motoring in severe weather.

12 June 2009 - Swine Flu

The World Health Organization has declared Phase 6 of its pandemic alert system, which means that swine flu, is now spreading in communities in several countries. This is the first influenza pandemic to be declared since 1968.

Over 900 people in the UK are now known to have contracted the virus. Worldwide there are nearly 30,000 confirmed cases in 74 different countries.

The WHO's decision to declare a pandemic is based on what is happening globally with the spread of the virus rather than its severity and does not suggest a sudden shift in the UK situation.

The declaration of Phase 6 does not change the UK's overall assessment that so far the virus is generally mild in most people, but proving more severe in a small number of cases.

The UK strategy of providing antivirals for those who have developed the disease and their close contacts, and using school closures where appropriate has so far been effective in slowing the spread of the disease.

People should remain calm and follow the advice provided in the leaflet recently distributed to all households.

27 April 2009 - Swine Flu
As local people will be aware, there are confirmed reports of human cases of swine flu in the US, Spain and Mexico. These cases are unusual and warrant further investigation. Although the Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Local resilience Forum and all of its partners are being vigilant and is well prepared, it is too early to predict whether swine flu could ultimately result in a global pandemic.

The UK was one of the first countries to have a flu pandemic contingency plan in place. The UK plan seeks to reduce the negative health impact of any pandemic and the possible disruption it may cause to essential services and people's daily lives. This will be through measures such as antiviral treatment and immunisation (when this becomes available), and preparing the NHS and society as far as possible.

Devon and Cornwall Pandemic Flu Lead, Debra Lapthorne, (Joint Director of Public Health for Plymouth) said: "The Local Resilience Forum in Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has taken a proactive approach. We established a multi-agency Pandemic Flu planning group in 2007 to develop plans to provide an effective response locally to an influenza pandemic - reducing the impact on health, safeguarding essential services and minimising social disruption."

"We are working closely with the NHS in the South West including the Strategic Health Authority and the Health Protection Agency to ensure we act on the latest information and with local partner organisations to ensure effective co-ordination. In many respects we are building on existing outbreak and major incident plans – the principles remain the same."

Although there is no current identified risk to the health of people in Devon and Cornwall, the NHS is advising people to adopt good hygiene practice as normal:

·Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, using a tissue whenever possible

·Dispose of dirty tissues promptly and carefully – bag and bin them

·Maintain good hygiene – washing hands frequently with soap and water

·Clean hard surfaces (e.g. kitchen worktops, door handles) frequently, using a normal cleaning product

·Stay at home when you are sick – if you have a cough and a fever, it is best to rest at home, take medicines to relieve the symptoms and drink plenty of fluids. This will speed your recovery and help prevent the spread of infection.