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Climate change means more frequent flooding warns Environment Agency

Environment Agency logoIntense bouts of flooding are set to become more frequent, the Environment Agency has warned today (Friday 16 February).  The warning follows a pattern of severe flooding over the past 10 years linked to an increase in extreme weather events as the country’s climate changes. Met Office records show that since 1910 there have been 17 record breaking rainfall months or seasons – with 9 of them since 2000. As intense storms are becoming more frequent, sea levels are also rising because of climate change.


TerrorismActs of terrorism in the UK are rare but sadly there is a likelihood that terrorists will try to attack us. Recent events around the world are a reminder of the threat we face. 

It is important that communities remain vigilant and aware of how to protect themselves if the need arises. Further advice and information can be found in this article.

Safety Campaign for Youth Launched

Run, hide, tell - counter terrorism PolicingCounter Terrorism Policing have enlisted the support of celebrities from entertainment and sport to launch their first-ever safety campaign aimed at children and teenagers.

TV star Bear Grylls and England footballer Jamie Vardy are among the leading stars supporting the first phase of a new initiative designed to teach 11-16 year olds how to react in the unlikely event they are caught in a gun or knife terror attack.

NHS England says patients with long term health conditions need a flu vaccine.

Have you had your flu jab ?NHS England is calling on people with long term health conditions to make sure they have the flu vaccine as soon as possible. Patients with asthma, diabetes, heart, liver, kidney or neurological disease are more at risk of becoming seriously ill from the virus than the general population.

Councils have preparations in place ahead of winter season

Winter in WiltshireBoth our local Councils have put plans in place ready for the coming Winter.

Swindon Borough Council is stocked up with twelve hundred tonnes of salt should freezing temperatures hit the Borough over the coming months.  Wiltshire Council is stocked up with 11,000 of salt this year. This year's supply is well over what was spread on the County's road's in 2016/17.

Get Ready for Winter

Get ready for winterWinter is nearly upon us and the LRF is keen that all communities are as prepared as possible in the event of bad weather. 

Local agencies have been working together in the months preceeding winter to prepare for bad weather associated with the winter months. There are plans in place for organisations to work together in the event of a sever weather incident. 


Floods Destroy. Be Prepared!

Floods destroy, be prepared1 in 6 properties in England is at risk of flooding and this is only going to increase with a changing climate. Many people think that flooding will never happen to them. The fact is – it could! We experienced widespread flooding across Wiltshire during the Winter of 2013/14. 


Warm & Safe Wiltshire Advice Service

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Would you be at risk during a power cut?

If so, you may be eligible for enrollment on to the  Priority Services Register.


First South West joint exercise with the fire service to test flood defence barriers

Fire engineFLOOD prevention experts will join forces with firefighters for an action-packed training exercise in Salisbury on Tuesday 5th December 2017.Environment Agency field operatives will roll out up to 120 metres of temporary defence barriers, in partnership with officers from Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service (DWFRS).


Exercise Astral Bend

On Thursday 13th September 2017, local agencies including Wiltshire Police, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, South Western Ambulance Service and Wiltshire Council conducted a ‘live’ exercise with colleagues from the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) at Aldermaston called ‘Astral Bend’.   This was a full day and took place at MOD Lyneham, and was based around a simulated emergency during the air transport of Special Nuclear Material.

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