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Coping with Hot Weather

Coping with Hot Weather

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Hot weather is something many people look forward to every year.It’s a great time to go out, have some fun and enjoy yourself. But it’s worth remembering that sunny spells can pose health risks for some people

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Improvised Explosive Devices Sent via Mail

Improvised Explosive Devices Sent via Mail

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Members of the public should always remain alert to the danger of terrorism and report any suspicious activity to
the police on 999 or via the confidential hotline: 0800 789 321. Advice to assist you to identify suspect packages are contained in this article.

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Business Continuity Awareness Week 2019

Business Continuity Awareness Week 2019

Posted by LRF Manager

Business Continuity Awareness Week (BCAW) is running from Monday 13 May through to Friday 17 May 2019.

The theme is Investing in Resilience and is aimed at businesses to think about Business Continuity and invest in Business Continuity Management within your organisation; however large or small

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Counter Terrorism Policing

Counter Terrorism Policing

Posted by LRF Manager

Although terrorist attacks are rare within our community, it remains as important as ever that the public remain vigilant and aware of how they can protect themselves if the need arises.
The events in Salisbury in 2018 led to one of the most complex and intensive pieces of work undertaken by Counter Terrorism Policing of the year, and are a timely reminder that major incidents can occur anywhere.

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Business Continuity

Business Continuity

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Granted Business Continuity is a boring name and surely if it was named Disaster Plan it would certainly get more attention – but it is in fact a very important part of any organisation or service. The aim is that having a plan will limit the operational damage in an incident and will enable us to continue to work in some form.

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Safe and well

Safe and well

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A Safe and Well visit is a totally free service offered by Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service. During a Safe and Well visit, a specially trained advisorcomes to your home, at a time convenient to you, to see what can be done to make you safer.

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NHS England urge people to wrap up warm this winter

NHS England urge people to wrap up warm this winter

Posted by LRF Manager

This week we felt temperatures across the South West plummet and as we prepare for freezing fog and icy temperatures NHS England are reminding people of the simple steps they can take to stay warm and well this winter.

NHS England’s winter campaign encourages patients and NHS staff to work together and Help Us, Help You by following advice from health care workers to help us help you stay well, prevent illness and take the best course of action to get well again sooner.

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No-one wants norovirus for Christmas

No-one wants norovirus for Christmas

Posted by LRF Manager

With only 12 days to go until Christmas Day, Public Health England is urging people across the South West to protect themselves and their loved ones against the winter vomiting bug norovirus by taking simple steps to stop the spread of the virus, particularly to vulnerable people.

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Helping SSEN customers prepare for winter

Helping SSEN customers prepare for winter

Posted by LRF Manager

Customers of Distribution Network Operator Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) are being encouraged to get ready for winter and the possibility of adverse weather events that could lead to power cuts.

Customers across SSEN’s central southern England and north of the central belt of Scotland networks are being encouraged to empower themselves and strengthen their resilience during adverse weather in a number of ways.

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Make a new year’s resolution: test your smoke alarms every month!

Make a new year’s resolution: test your smoke alarms every month!

Posted by LRF Manager

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service (DWFRS) is asking people to make monthly testing of their smoke alarms one of their New Year’s resolutions. Why not circle the first of every month on your new calendar and tick it off when you have tested your alarms?

Many people see January as an opportunity for a fresh start, and safety should be top of the list. So DWFRS is encouraging everyone to make sure they have enough smoke alarms in their home and that they work. It only takes a few seconds and can save lives.

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Why the best preparation for flooding  happens on dry days

Why the best preparation for flooding happens on dry days

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Prepare Act Survive - Those are the simple but stark words behind our flood action campaign designed to help keep people safe from flooding.

Over 20,000 properties across Wiltshire & Swindon are at risk of flooding either from rivers, surface water or groundwater. Nationally more than 20% of all homes are at flood risk.

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Counter-Terrorism Policing launches biggest-ever winter advertising campaign

Counter-Terrorism Policing launches biggest-ever winter advertising campaign

Posted by LRF Manager

Working together with communities, Counter Terrorism Policing wants Christmas security all wrapped up. Shoppers are being asked to put security at the top of their ‘must have’ lists this Christmas.

With the festive rush about to get underway, Counter Terrorism Policing is today, Monday 19th November, launching its biggest-ever winter advertising campaign as part of ACT: Action Counters Terrorism.

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Cold weather advice – why is it important?

Cold weather advice – why is it important?

Posted by LRF Manager

Every winter, tens of thousands of people die due to issues linked with cold weather.
The [Cold Weather Plan for England](https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/cold-weather-plan-for-england) aims to prevent avoidable harm to health, by alerting people to the negative health effects of cold weather, and enabling them to prepare and respond appropriately.

The plan is published by Public Health England, but developed collaboratively in partnership with the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England, the Local Government Association and others including the voluntary and community sector.

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The Flu Jab: Have you had yours?

The Flu Jab: Have you had yours?

Posted by LRF Manager

As the long nights draw in and temperatures drop, doctors are promoting the opportunity for people to get the free flu vaccination to avoid the winter illness. On average, flu kills around 8,000 people a year in England.

Flu is highly infectious and caused by viruses that spread from person to person. The viruses are constantly changing and this is one of the main reasons why people should be vaccinated annually.

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Local Councils ready for the onset of Winter

Local Councils ready for the onset of Winter

Posted by LRF Manager

Wiltshire Council and Swindon Borough Council are both Category 1 Responders and are key partners of Wiltshire and Swindon Local Resilience Forum. They have a vital role to play during cold weather.

Both Councils have preparations in hand ready to face any severe weather this winter. Their meticulous preparations helped to mitigate the impacts of ‘The Beast from the East’ earlier this year, when both locations experienced heavy snowfall meaning that the areas were able to get back to business as usual pretty quickly.

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Use Water Wisely

Use Water Wisely

Posted by LRF Manager

Water is always a precious resource and everyone is encouraged to use it wisely, whatever the weather. Not only does this help to keep water bills down it also protects the environment. Although none of our water companies are reporting shortages, the current prolonged hot weather means that demand is higher than normal for this time of year and it is important to use water wisely.

Everyone can do their bit by being water wise, particularly in the garden, which typically accounts for much of the additional demand seen during hot weather.

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