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Don't be the one who watched their mate drown this summer
We have 180 reservoirs across the North West, many in beautiful locations. We’d love you to visit your local site, but please, stay out of the water.
Not everyone knows reservoirs are dangerous. Reservoirs may look inviting, especially on a hot day, but they are about the worst possible places to take a swim.
The water never really gets above 11°C, there’s hidden machinery and that there’s no lifeguard on duty.
Not many people know that if they jump in, they won’t be able to get out.
That they won’t be able to breathe. That they won’t be able to scream.
And that there’ll be no one coming to save them.
But if you did know, you might think twice about letting your mates take the plunge.
Because none of us want to be the one who let our mate jump in.
The one who couldn’t do anything to help.
The one who had to stand there and watch them drown.
Don’t let them go in. Reservoirs are beautiful, but deadly.
Need more convincing? Please take a few minutes to take a look at this video content. Not all of it is an easy watch, but it certainly brings home the risks and the human tragedy that can result from taking the plunge.
“My mate nearly died”. In these candid interviews, teens tell all about peer pressure at the reservoir.
Dylan Ramsay was a fit, healthy teenager, and a strong swimmer. He tragically drowned in 2011, after swimming in a quarry in Lancashire. In this emotional film, Dylan’s mum Beckie recounts the day she lost her son.
A paramedic’s story
Many of our reservoirs are in remote locations, which means help can’t always arrive immediately. This paramedic from North West Air Ambulance Service shares his story.
Please stay safe and stay out of reservoirs.
The public version of the 2018 Merseyside Community Risk Register has been uploaded onto Merseyside Prepared. Click here to download a copy.
Merseyside Police is urging the public to help the Police tackle terrorism and save lives by reporting suspicious behaviour and activity.
Communities defeat terrorism. With the enduring terrorist threat, it is now more important than ever that everyone plays their part in tackling terrorism. Your actions could save lives.
Don’t worry about wasting police time. No call or click will be ignored. What you tell the police is treated in the strictest confidence and is thoroughly researched by experienced officers before, and if, any police action is taken.
Any piece of information could be important, it is better to be safe and report. Remember, trust your instincts and ACT. Action Counters Terrorism.
How can I report?
Reporting is quick and easy. You can report in confidence online via our secure form: www.gov.uk/ACT. Alternatively, you can call the Police confidentially on 0800 789 321.
All reports are kept confidential and you can report anonymously.
In an emergency always call 999.
What should I report?
Like other criminals, terrorists need to plan. You can report suspicious activity or behaviour – anything that seems out of place, unusual or just doesn’t seem to fit in with everyday life.
Some examples of suspicious activity or behaviour could potentially include:
- Do you know someone who looks at extremist material, including on the so-called Dark Web, or shares and creates content that promotes or glorifies terrorism?
- Have you noticed someone embracing or actively promoting hateful ideas or an extremist ideology?
- Meetings, training and planning can take place anywhere. Do you know someone who travels but is vague about where they’re going?
- Do you know someone with passports or other documents in different names, for no obvious reason?
- Suspicious materials can be ordered online as well as in store. Have you noticed someone receiving deliveries for unusual items bought online?
- If you work in commercial vehicle hire or sales, has a sale or rental seemed unusual?
- Have you noticed someone buying large or unusual quantities of chemicals, fertilisers or gas cylinders for no obvious reason?
- Have you noticed someone acquiring illegal firearms or other weapons or showing an interest in obtaining them?
- Terrorists need to store equipment while preparing for an attack. Have you noticed anyone storing large amounts of chemicals, fertilisers or gas cylinders?
- Have you noticed anyone storing illegal firearms or objects that could potentially be weapons?
- Observation and surveillance help terrorists plan attacks. Have you witnessed anyone taking pictures or notes of security arrangements or CCTV?
- Cheque and credit card fraud are ways of generating cash. Have you noticed any suspicious or unusual bank transactions?
If you’d like more information visit www.gov.uk/ACT or follow Counter Terrorism Policing on social media:
The British Red Cross have launched a Community Reserve Volunteer initiative which aims to recruit a pre-registered reserve force of volunteers who will be able to assist their community in the event of a major local emergency.
As the devastating terror attacks in Manchester and London and most recently the Grenfell Tower fire have shown, when a crisis hits there is often an outpouring of support from individuals offering to help in any way they can. This project provides a way of harnessing that goodwill, and gives members of the public a practical way to use their kindness, skills and local knowledge to help others, carrying out practical tasks, as a coordinated part of the overall response. By pre-registering, members of the public will be contacted as soon as extra help is needed. Volunteers can choose on a case-by-case basis whether they wish to help out, and are fully insured and managed by the Red Cross.
For further information read the frequently asked questions below:
WHY DO WE NEED COMMUNITY RESERVE VOLUNTEERS?
When a major crisis hits, members of the public are often quick to offer their support.
By recruiting community reserve volunteers, the British Red Cross can harness the goodwill of the public in advance of a crisis, so that when an emergency happens, those registered in that area can play an active and immediate role in helping.
WHO CAN BECOME A COMMUNITY RESERVE VOLUNTEER?
Anyone who wants to help in a crisis, as long as they are over 18 and living in the UK.
WHAT SORT OF SKILLS DOES A COMMUNITY RESERVE VOLUNTEER NEED?
No special skills are required.
WHAT WILL A COMMUNITY RESERVE VOLUNTEER DO DURING AN EMERGENCY?
A community reserve volunteer will be contacted via text message and can decide to help or not. They will be deployed to a determined area and assist regular Red Cross volunteers with practical tasks relevant to the crisis, like preparing kit and equipment, filling sandbags, sorting supplies and making refreshments.
HOW DO I SIGN UP?
Potential reserves can sign up at this website address www.redcross.org.uk/reserves
They will be able to watch a short training video and start the sign up process. The sign up process has 18 short steps with a mix of questions about personal information and contact details as well as questions with the aim to inform potential volunteers about the role (what is expected of them, health and safety, etc.). The entire process should not take more than 10 minutes.
Further details can be obtained from the FAQ's page on the British Red Cross website.
Merseyside Resilience Forum are supporting a new campaign that urges people to be prepared for bad weather this winter and know what to do if they have a power cut or gas emergency.
The 'Be Winter Ready' campaign has been launched by the UK’s gas and electricity networks. Since 1990, the networks have invested over £80bn to make the UK’s gas and electricity supply more reliable than ever before. However, storms, floods and other extreme conditions can sometimes cause significant damage and disruption.
To 'Be Winter Ready', the public are being urged to:
- Know your free emergency numbers - in a power cut dial 105 or, for a gas emergency, dial 0800 111999.
- Prepare your home – keep a torch handy and get your appliances serviced by a Gas Safe registered engineer to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Vulnerable households can get extra support by signing up to the Priority Services Register. Contact your gas or electricity network to find out more. Visit www.energynetworks.org to find out who your network operator is.
- Keep your eyes open – keep an eye on the weather forecast and, if you have a power cut or a gas emergency, check on your neighbours.
David Smith, Chief Executive of Energy Networks Association, said:
“Significant investment in the networks means that power cuts and gas emergencies are not a regular or widespread occurrence. Our gas and electricity networks deliver safe and reliable energy 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Investment in resilience measures means power cuts have decreased by 9% over the last year and by over 50% in the last 15 years.
“The networks constantly review the resilience of infrastructure and there are robust plans in place to deal with the damage caused by extreme weather. However, we want customers to know there are things they can do to ‘Be Winter Ready’ and ensure that those customers who do have a power cut or gas emergency know exactly who to call so that they can get reconnected quickly and be as fully prepared as possible.”
More information about the campaign can be found at www.energynetworks.org/news/public-information/be-winter-ready.html
We recommend that you download the following useful apps for use on your mobile phone:
British Red Cross Emergency App advises of emergencies in your area and contains a range of general advice.
citizenAID App provides advice for actions and first aid in the event of an incident with multiple casualties.
United Utilities launched its reservoir safety campaign on Friday 16th June to coincide with National Drowning Prevention Week. This campaign is called ‘Beautiful but deadly’.
Research has highlighted that people still remain unaware of the dangers of swimming in reservoirs and that teen peer pressure can play a big part: http://corporate.unitedutilities.com/4709.aspx
The teen vox pops were used on United Utilities' Twitter and Facebook feeds on Monday 19th June: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialUnitedUtilities/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE&fref=nf
United Utilities reservoir safety page has been updated with some of the new campaign information: https://www.unitedutilities.com/help-and-support/about-us/recreation-sites/reservoir-safety/
Make sure you stay one step ahead of the weather with the new Met Office weather app. Plan your day, wherever you are in the world, with the latest daily weather forecasts and UK National Severe Weather Warnings. With the new app you can:
- Get the most up-to-date & accurate weather forecasts;
- Stay safe with advance severe weather warnings;
- Personalise your forecasts with custom locations;
- Watch the UK national weather forecast video.
The app is also full of additional information to help you plan your day, including sunrise and sunset times, pollen and air pollution forecasts, and the UV index.
Visit the App Store or Google Play to download the new Met Office Weather app today!
Visit http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/services/mobile-digital-services/weather-app for further details.
For further details visit https://www.gov.uk/government/news/young-people-leaving-themselves-vulnerable-to-flooding
Launch of a new national power cut phone line – 105 – to help people contact the company that looks after their electricity network.
From 6th September 2016, callers dialling 105, which is free to use, will be put straight through to their local electricity network operator, helping avoid potential confusion or people contacting the wrong organisation, such as the company they pay their bill to.
The number, which is available to electricity customers in England, Scotland and Wales, will enable people to report or get information about power cuts as well as report damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put themselves, or someone else, in danger. 105 is funded and delivered by the electricity network operators, and is a first for the UK’s energy industry.
The launch comes as figures reveal that 72% of people don’t know who to contact if they have a power cut, with a further 43% indicating that they would incorrectly call the electricity supplier they pay their bill to, when in fact they should contact their local electricity network operator.
Electricity network operators are the companies that manage and maintain the power lines and substations that bring electricity into homes and businesses . The research, commissioned by the operators’ trade body Energy Networks Association (ENA), has also found that 21% of people would contact their electricity network operator in a power cut, yet, of these, only 11% could correctly name their local operator.
Significant network investment means power cuts are not a regular or widespread occurrence for people, however, our research makes it clear that there’s still a need to provide a simple, memorable number they can call should they experience one. This is particularly important when there’s bad weather, as severe storms can cause damage to power networks and disrupt the electricity supply into people’s homes. This new, free number will make life easier for electricity customers.
ENA and electricity network operators across England, Scotland and Wales have worked in partnership to launch 105. It’s hoped people will welcome the introduction of this new number as an important step forward in helping electricity customers know exactly what to do and who to contact if they have a power cut.
People can call 105 from most landlines and mobile phones, no matter who they choose to buy electricity from.
More information about 105 and electricity network operators can be found at www.powercut105.com . The new website also provides direct links and details of how to contact network operators online and via social media to get information and updates about a power cut.
A new free community messaging service which allows members of the public to receive personalised news and crime updates in their local area will be launched by Merseyside Police and the Police Commissioner today, Monday 21 March.
MerseyNow will be used to send out appeals, crime prevention messages, offer support to victims and give advice about ongoing incidents.
For further details please visit the Merseyside Police website.
The Met Office have launched their Community Resilience webpage which can be viewed at the following address:
The page is packed full of useful severe weather links, various download infographics on best advice during severe weather and there is a link to the Weather Observations Website (WOW), where you can submit your own independent weather observations and help to enhance their understanding of local weather conditions and their impact.
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Climate Just, a powerful new online mapping tool, was launched on 4th February. It shows the uneven impact that climate change is likely to have across England, highlighting 'hot spots' and providing a huge amount of supporting information and resources. It is the first time this information is on a publicly available website at the neighbourhood level.
Visit Climate Just to see why some areas are more vulnerable to climate change than others, where are they and what can be done.
Download and print a copy of our latest document - 'Emergency Preparedness and Management of the Main Risks in Merseyside'.