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Find out how to protect yourself from flooding

The Environment Agency and Herefordshire Public Services (Herefordshire Council and NHS Herefordshire) are holding an event in Herefordshire to help people find out how they can stay safe if an emergency occurs.

The event, in partnership with Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, West Mercia Police, WRVS, Herefordshire Voluntary Action and the British Red Cross, will be held on:

Tuesday 20 March 2012 from 3pm to 7:30pm
At the Burton Hotel
Mill Street
Kington
Herefordshire HR5 3BQ

The Environment Agency, Herefordshire Public Services and flood specialist Mary Dhonau OBE, will be on hand to offer advice about how people can protect their properties from flooding and minimise the impact to homes and businesses. Visitors to the event will also be able to sign up for the free flood warning service offered by the Environment Agency.

Officers will advise on flooding and provide a brief on the current work on the Multi Agency Flood Plan – a document which covers the whole of Herefordshire and lays out the responsibilities of the emergency and public services during a major flood.

The resilience team will be available to encourage residents and local communities to work out how they will stay safe and help each other if an emergency happens by compiling their own Community Flood Plans and Community Resilience Plans. The community safety team will also be on hand to listen to peoples’ concerns.

Cllr Brian Wilcox, cabinet member for environment, housing and planning, said: “This event will provide an excellent opportunity for people to come along and find out more on how they can prepare for emergencies, and discuss any issues they may have with a wide range of organisations, all under one roof.”

Dan Trewin, Community Engagement Officer for the Environment Agency, said: “There are more than 150 properties at risk of flooding in Kington, but only 35 are signed up to our free flooding warning service. This event will help highlight the importance of preparing for flooding and help give local people the information and tools they need to do so.”