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Preparing for emergencies

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The most likely emergencies we might face in Herefordshire and Worcestershire are:

  • Flooding
  • Severe weather – extreme cold weather and snow, storms, fog, heat waves, etc
  • Loss of power or water
  • Large chemical fire or gas release
  • Explosions

Why be prepared?

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It is important you know what to do in the event of an emergency and being prepared can help reduce fear and anxiety.

The Preparing for Emergencies section of the Government's Gov.uk website will help you find your local council's plans and advice on being prepared.

Flooding advice

With the Severn, Avon and Wye just some of the rivers in Herefordshire and Worcestershire , flooding is the most likely cause of an emergency, so we have a page full of advice on what to do if flooding came to where you live and how to be prepared in advance.

Environmental Agency

More information from the Environment Agency can also be found on Gov.uk, including finding out if your property is at risk and how to get help during and after flooding.

Operational risk information

Having access to information relating to high-risk sites within our Service area is essential to securing the safety of firefighters, controlling risk and providing an efficient response at operational incidents. If you feel Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service would benefit from holding information about your business contact the Intel Department info@hwfire.org.uk