Emergency Planning Department Get New Storage Unit

The Council’s Emergency Planning Department say they now have the equipment needed to deal with most major emergencies that could arise in Scilly.

Head of Emergency Planning, Rhona Holland, says the construction of the new storage building in Porthmellon, known by most people as the ‘Emergency Planning Shed’ gives the department a single area to store, and care for, a range of items required in an emergency.

This includes protective gear for chemical and oil spills, blankets, generators and emergency catering equipment.

They also have a large, inflatable tent that can be used for shelter.

Rhona says they’ve taken the chance to repair and clean existing equipment or buy new items as required.

She says the Department staff takes part in regular emergency drills to test their readiness for an emergency and liaise closely with the emergency services and the regional Local Resilience Forum, which covers the islands as well as Devon and Cornwall.

The 'Emergency Planning Shed'

The Emergency Planning Department have also launched a ‘One Stop Safety Shop’ at the Porthmellon site, which offers advice in areas such as health and safety and fire prevention for both homeowners and businesses.

Rhona says this could be useful when the police or fire stations are closed.

Anyone needing advice is welcome to call into the Porthmellon office or phone 424810.