East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is urging residents to be prepared for further adverse weather conditions.
The message follows an unusually busy day yesterday (Thursday, August 13) for weather-related call-outs to the fire service, following high levels of rainfall.
As torrential rain and storms swept across East Sussex, the fire service’s Mobilising and Communications Centre dealt with more than 300 emergency calls, of which the joint mobilising centre handled 240 of these, and a further 70 were diverted to Cambridgeshire.
East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service’s Duty Officer, Richard Fowler, said: “These mutual arrangements operate routinely and incidents on Thursday, August 13 highlights the benefits of a single mobilising centre in Haywards Heath, where the fire control operators have a single view of incidents occurring across both areas.
“During extreme weather, we prioritise calls where lives may be at risk through a risk of fire or other emergencies.
“Staying alert and preparing for the worst can help keep you, your family and your property safe – whether it is on the roads or in your home.
“Formal arrangements are already in place with West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, along with other neighbouring fire services, to ensure that major incidents and extreme weather condition call-outs are dealt with as effectively as possible.”
The fire service has issued advice on the steps homeowners can take to make sure they’re better prepared.
A spokesperson from the fire service said: “Where lives are not at immediate risk, a number of other organisations may be better placed to help.
“Steps can be taken by residents to resolve the situation themselves, or safeguard against a serious incident escalating.
“These are just some ways that the public can help themselves:
- Find out what to do before setting out in your car.
- Find out how to drive appropriate to weather conditions.
- Find out what to do if you find yourself in flood water.
- How to prepare for high winds.
- Tips on flood prevention.
- What to do in rising water levels.
- Find out the latest on flood alerts and weather reports through the Environment Agency and the Met Office.
“If you have a blocked drain, this can be reported to the council. Enter your postcode to go to your council’s website for more information.
“Please look at our website to find out other organisations who may be able to assist you whilst the East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service are dealing with life-threatening incidents.”
Visit www.esfrs.org for more information and a list of useful contacts.
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