Ken Matthews, Emergency Planning Manager, and Thelma Goddard, Emergency Planning Officer
Ken Matthews, Emergency Planning Manager, and Thelma Goddard, Emergency Planning Officer introduced this item, explaining that they aimed to increase people’s ability to prepare for emergencies, and to ensure an effective response to emergencies.
There was a discussion about what would be the main issues and concerns if an emergency occurred, how people would be likely to hear about this incident, and who else in the community would need to be informed about this.
There was a discussion about which items would it be useful for people to take with them when being evacuated from their houses, and how members of the community could help both inside and away from the rest centre. There was also discussion about what the main issues or concerns of people staying in the rest centre would be.
There were questions about producing a ‘basic needs’ sheet, to be put into Southwark Life, and for possible distribution by the police during an incident. Another question related to relatives being called if an incident has happened, and whether the team was also working on a plan for a terrorist attack in Southwark.
Ken and Thelma said they were going to take back the idea of the basic needs sheet, and informed the meeting, that in case of a major incident the police would set up a specific hotline for concerned relatives. In terms of a possible terrorist attack, Thelma responded that there was a plan and that this also included scenarios in which incidents happened outside of Southwark, but impacted on the borough.