Borough Council of Wellingborough

Are you prepared for an emergency?

Published Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Northamptonshire Emergency Planning Team support September preparedness month with 30 Days 30 Ways UK

The 30 Days 30 Ways UK campaign is encouraging people to be more ‘emergency-ready’ by doing one simple challenge each day throughout September.

When people talk about emergencies our minds tend to turn to the London bombings, tsunamis or other global catastrophes. But what if we told you that being prepared isn’t just for those headline-grabbing incidents? Power cuts, water main bursts, gas leaks, transport strikes, road closures...we experience a variety of inconveniences every day. Taking few steps to prepare will help not only with those 'everyday emergencies' but also with far less likely incidents.

Originally launched in Northamptonshire, the 30 Days 30 Ways campaign has now become a national campaign, with local resilience partners such as the emergency services, local authorities, utilities and health, taking part to put a local touch to 30 key messages throughout September.

We are encouraging residents across Northamptonshire to think about the simple actions that will help keep their families safe in larger scale emergencies as well as the importance of checking on elderly and vulnerable neighbours.

The aim is to raise awareness and build capacities and capabilities from the ground up for better individual and community preparedness and resilience.

Joanne Maddams co-founder of the campaign, said:

“This is the fifth anniversary of the 30 Days 30 Ways UK campaign and we are delighted at the support we have received from colleagues within the resilience community and members of the public who are keen to support us.”

“The aim of the campaign is to encourage people to think about what they’d do in a range of emergency situations and to take some simple steps to boost their personal resilience in the event of an emergency.

The Emergency Planning team are celebrating the 5th anniversary of the #30days30waysUK campaign on social media. Along with colleagues from across the UK they have put together a ‘September is Preparedness Month ‘2019 programme with key messages, resources and fun, engaging challenges for people to participate in and share on social media and off line.”