Humanitarian Assistance and Evacuations

The Resilience and Emergency Management team will find an appropriate form of shelter for people displaced from their normal means of residence in Cornwall, as and when required e.g. during floods or fires when people are evacuated from their homes.

During an evacuation residents are usually directed to a shelter or rest centre such as a village hall, leisure centre or community centre. The Resilience and Emergency Management team hold a database of over 400 buildings which are distributed all over Cornwall and can be opened quickly at any time of day.

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If overnight accommodation is needed this can be arranged in one of these buildings. Bedding, refreshments, medication etc can be organised. However, it is intended that, whenever possible, more suitable overnight accommodation will be sourced. This will depend on the number of evacuees and the type of incident (i.e. it may be safer to keep everyone where they are rather than transport them to other areas).

The Resilience and Emergency Management team can contact Faith representatives to assist in a rest centre. The Faith Response Team provide an effective on-call voluntary group who can respond in an emergency to give pastoral, spiritual or practical assistance to those who need it.

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