Wiganers ready to cope in a crisis

Carrick McPhail, three, and his dad Ian, from Up Holland, with Ellie Sherwin, of Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team, and Pepper, from the Search and Resue Dog Association
Carrick McPhail, three, and his dad Ian, from Up Holland, with Ellie Sherwin, of Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team, and Pepper, from the Search and Resue Dog Association
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COUNTLESS Wiganers are now wiser as to how to cope in a crisis after the successful completion of the latest annual Resilience Week.

A series of events showing how well prepared our public bodies are for emergencies while explaining how citizens themselves should deal with them was rounded off by a display in Wigan town centre.

Rescue equipment and dogs were on show in Market Place along with the NHS’s mobile decontamination unit which would be deployed in the event of an industrial accident or even a terrorist incident.

Coun Ged Bretherton, cabinet lead for civil contingencies, said: “Of course every week should be resilience week because we should all be prepared.

“But we’re taking this opportunity to remind people about ways to cope in emergency situations.” 

The week began with an open day at Wigan Fire Station, with the council, emergency services and partners showing the public many ways to prepare for a crisis and how services respond to emergencies. 

The message of the week is to raise awareness of the different bodies that work together to look after the public whenever problems arise – and how businesses and residents can do their bit, even in simple ways such as by having a torch or sandbags ready, or knowing who community leaders and contacts are. 

Coun Bretherton said: “Obviously it’s better if the problems can be prevented, but when they do occur, it’s comforting to know that dedicated and trained professionals are there to assist, support, rescue or do whatever is within their power to help.”