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Community Flood Wardens - 20/06/17
As part of the ten year anniversary of the 2007 floods, a new voluntary scheme for community flood wardens is being launched.

Hull City Council is calling on residents who live in the Sutton area to volunteer as part of this scheme to encourage residents to engage with the flood team, Groundwork and the Environment Agency to find out how they can help their local community.

Flood wardens form an important link between the authorities and communities at risk from flooding. They can help pass on flood warnings and information to residents who are at risk, identify the most vulnerable in their community, and provide valuable information on how flooding happens local.

The training would take around six hours and cover:

• An introduction to emergency response
• Volunteer role profile
• Understanding flood risk
• Flood risk awareness guidance
• Personal protective equipment for community volunteers and
• Use of sandbags#

If successful, the scheme will be rolled out to other areas of the city.

Councillor Mike Thompson, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods, Communities and Environment, said:

“We are delighted to be able to launch this scheme, and are asking members of the local community to act as a channel of communication between their area and the Council’s flood team and the Environment Agency.

“Their role would predominately be around sharing information such as weather forecast and warnings with more vulnerable residents who may not have access to the internet.

“This is a great opportunity for local people to get involved with plans for the protecting the city, whilst finding out about the work that has been done since 2007.”

Full training will be delivered by Groundwork, and will include details on how the city is becoming more flood resilient, and how residents can take steps to protect themselves and their properties.

Local residents are also invited to come aboard the ‘flood bus’ on Tuesday 20 June, where representatives will be available to speak to residents about:

• How to become a volunteer
• Flooding experiences
• Flood resilience
• Information on insurance and flood risk

To find out more, please visit the ‘flood bus’ on Tuesday 20 June, Howdale Road next to Wimpey Field, between 2-7pm.

The Environment Agency will also have its Incident Command Unit (ICU) at King Edward Square from 10am to 4pm on Thursday, June 22.

Agency staff will be on hand to give advice about how people can make themselves and their homes more resilient to flooding, including by signing up to receive flood warnings, checking their flood risk and how to prepare a flood plan.

Staff will also be able to provide information on flood reduction plans for the city.

The ICU vehicle is a high-tech mobile base from where the Environment Agency can manage and monitor incidents, such as flooding.

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