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Public urged to not make unnecessary 999 calls during current weather conditions

5 December 2013

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service is urging members of the public take extra care during the current of severe weather conditions and not to make unnecessary 999 calls. The plea comes as an ingression of water during high tide from around 1700hrs today is predicted.

Richard Hannigan, Chief Fire Officer for Humberside Fire and Rescue, said: “Whilst we are experiencing these difficult weather conditions it is important to only call 999 if there is a real emergency or risk to life. We must prioritise our calls for those who are most in need of our assistance. However, I must emphasise that you should still call 999 in an emergency so that an experienced Control room operator can deal with your situation. You must not try and call your local fire station directly.”

Emergency services have issued the following advice for those who may be affected by flooding to protect themselves and their property.

• Alert neighbours, especially the elderly.
• Move pets, vehicles, valuables and other items to a safe place.
• Be ready to turn off gas, electricity and water supplies if safe to do so. Unplug electrical items and move them upstairs if possible.
• Gather essentials, including jugs or saucepans of water, blankets, food, medications and a torch.
• Use sandbags or floorboards are in place to block flood water and use them to block sink plug holes and toilet bowls, to prevent backflow. Do as much as preparation work as possible in daylight.
• Wash hands thoroughly after contact with flood water, which may be contaminated.
• Co-operate with emergency services and local authority if requested to evacuate to a rest centre.
• Stay out of floodwater, keep children and the vulnerable away from flood water.
• Be aware of hazards, including manholes lifted by flood water.
• Don’t walk on flood defences or river banks.

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Local Authority Contacts:

North East Lincolnshire Council – Tel 01472 313131

North Lincolnshire Council – 01724 297 000

East Riding Council – 01482 393939

Hull City Council – 01482 300 300