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Safe Haven

Year 9 students from the Priory City of Lincoln Academy have been learning about emergency planning and thinking how their campus could be used to shelter residents in an emergency.

The council's Emergency Planning Unit has been educating students about the main risks to Lincolnshire and how the service plans, responds and recovers from emergencies.

Pupils have then come up with ideas on how their school could be transformed into a community evacuation centre and serve the area as a safe and welcoming place, if residents needed to leave their homes.

Dave Ramscar, Chief Fire Officer for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, says:

"This project has been designed to raise young people's awareness of emergencies and community resilience, so that they learn how to be prepared for any situation and know what to expect.

"There are a number of risks that pose a long term threat to local communities here in Lincolnshire.  The most significant was demonstrated by the tidal surge last December.

"In the worst case scenario, we may need to provide shelter and support to a large number of people who have to evacuate their homes. This is where we would benefit from the schools and academies assistance as evacuation centres.

"Schools play such an important role within local communities, and the pupils have shared their thoughts about the support family, friends and neighbours would need.  We have also learned a lot from this exercise.  The children have come up with some brilliant ideas about how their school could be used as an evacuation centre and our emergency planners will be considering their ideas."

Dave Hackett, head of geography and specialist leader of education at the Priory City of Lincoln Academy, says:

"We are incredibly supportive of this project which has really captured the imagination of our students and helped them to prepare for real life emergencies.  Our students have carefully considered the needs of the local community in their plans, including vulnerable residents and people from different ethnic backgrounds.

"Students really thought about every eventuality and suggested how the school could be transformed into a rest centre if required.  Their ideas really made the most of our facilities and included where people could receive first aid, sleep, cook a meal and even look after their pets!"

For more information on the Safe Havens Project, please call 01522 582220, or email jems@lincoln.fire-uk.org.

To find out more about emergency planning in Lincolnshire, visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/lincolnshireprepared.

 

 

    The Priory Federation of Academies, Lincoln