In the event of a major emergency, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council in its Civic Leadership role will help assist its community in the response to the emergency and promote recovery from the emergency.
This may include the following actions:
• Make buildings such as leisure and community centres available to temporarily shelter people;
• Provide health and safety advice on cleaning up after major flooding or pollution;
• Assess structural damage to buildings; and
• Co-ordinate and lead multi-agency meetings to plan recovery.
Making insurance available and affordable for homes affected by flooding
Flood Re is a joint Governmnet and insurance industry initiative to enable you to find affordable insurance for qualifying properties that are at risk of flooding or have been flooded. Click here for more information http://www.floodre.co.uk/homeowner/
Preparing for an emergency
In a major emergency, it may be some time before the emergency services can help you. There are several sources of guidance that can assist you in developing your own personal resilience.
The household emergency life-saving plan provides you with steps to take, a list of useful contact numbers in an emergency and also tells you what you should have in your household emergency pack.
Keep your completed plan somewhere safe where you can easily find it in an emergency.
Further guidance can be found at the following sources:
What to do in an emergency
If there's an emergency, remember to:
• Stay calm, reassure others and think before acting;
• Don't put yourself or others in danger;
• Follow the advice of the emergency services; and
• If people are injured or there is a threat to life call 999 or 112.
If there is a fire or other danger in your building, quickly and calmly leave by the nearest safe route and move to a safe location away from the building. Do not try to return until the emergency services tell you it is safe to do so.
If your life is at risk due to flood water, ring 999.
To report serious flooding in your area, call the Flooding Incident Line on 0300 2000 100.
If your property experiences flooding, the household flooding plan has been developed to assist you with preparing for incidents.
Homeowner Flood Protection Grant Scheme
The grant scheme is newly sponsored to promote home owners make improvements to increase protection to their own homes from flooding. Information on criteria and details of the scheme is available by clicking here.
If you are unsure whether your property is at risk from flooding the Rivers Agency Strategic Flood Map has been developed to assist you.
To monitor the weather visit the Met Office website or down load the met office app to your smart phone.
A range of guidance has been developed to assist you with flooding queries:
In an emergency friends, neighbours and members of the local community work together to help each other. Some communities have started to develop their own community emergency plans for their area.
If you are thinking about starting a community emergency plan in your area, please email Kieran.firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Critical care registers
If you or someone in your family relies on electricity or water due to a medical condition you should sign up to the NI Electricity or NI Water critical care registers. Examples include people on a ventilator or with a stair lift or electric hoist in their home.
Find out more about who is eligible and how to register on the NI Electricity website or by calling them on 08457 643 643.
If you have a serious medical condition and you rely on having water, you should sign up to NI Water’s customer care register. You can find out more on the NI Water website or by calling Waterline on 08457 44 00 88.