Flood action group to hold multi-agency safety day
The Tadcaster Flood Action Group is holding a day-long fair about flood safety and community resilience this weekend.
This is the second year the group has run this multi-agency event along with North Yorkshire County Council, North Yorkshire Police, North Yorkshire Fire Service, York Rescue Boats, the Flood Advisory Service, Environment Agency, and ourselves.
However, this year’s theme goes beyond flood resilience to include safety issues in the home and wider community.
The event, which is called ‘Be Safe in Your Community’ will take place on Sunday October 15th at The Riley Smith Hall on Westgate in Tadcaster from 11am to 3pm.
Flood Action Group member Nicola Eades said: “This year we are proud to build on last year’s success; we are opening out our event in both scope and to the wider community, and not just concentrating on flooding.”
The event will include exhibitions, talks and demonstrations about by members of the Tadcaster Medical Centre and swimming pool staff about safety in the home, particularly for older and vulnerable people and also about well-being and CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).
York Rescue Boats, a rescue service charity based in York, will be giving demonstrations on water safety, alongside the JBA Trust which will be showing the effects water flows have within river systems.
The free event, which will also have a children’s area run by Clayfever of Tadcaster, is open to all members of the community.
“As winter is approaching it is vital that communities and householders are aware of their flood risk and are ready for whatever nature has in store,” said County Councillor Don Mackenzie, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Business and Environmental Services.
“This event is a great opportunity for people to exchange ideas, meet and take action to increase both their personal and their community’s resilience. The county council is very pleased to support this event”.
David Bewley, a flood action group member, said the aim was to hold a fun event for all the family and to show “how simple measures can improve awareness and levels of safety in your home and community.”