Emergency planning DVD launched

By on 31/07/2009 in News, Video News

 

The red carpet was rolled out this morning for the premiere of a film outlining the way communities can be better prepared in the event of emergencies.

A special screening of Preparing for Emergencies in Birmingham was staged at the Odeon in New Street on July 31 for an invited audience of more than 130 guests.

The 15 minute film, shot at several city locations in April, was produced by the Birmingham Resilience Team (BRT) - the multi-agency emergency planning group that includes membership from Birmingham City Council, West Midlands Police, West Midlands Fire Service and the NHS.

After the premiere the film was distributed to community groups, public agencies. It is also set to be viewable on the BRT's new website www.birminghamprepared.gov.uk which was launched at the event.

Cllr Paul Tilsley, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council, whose portfolio covers emergency planning, said: “The Birmingham tornado, floods of 2007 and 2008, along with the city centre evacuation of 2005 and other terrorist alerts clearly show that it is sensible to know what to do if we are caught up in any such event.

“This film contains all of the essential advice that will help citizens and communities prepare themselves should these types of circumstances ever arise.

“I would like to offer my congratulations and thanks to everyone involved in the production of the film - especially the volunteers who gave up some of their precious time to appear in some of the scenes that were shot during its production.

“In times of emergency, the role that local communities play is vital if we as a city are to respond effectively and recover quickly from all forms of disruption.”

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