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A suspected twister ripped off a section of East Boldre Village Hall's roof in December 2017
A suspected twister ripped off a section of East Boldre Village Hall's roof in December 2017

A SMALL New Forest village hit by a suspected tornado two years ago has launched an action plan for potential emergencies ranging from cholera outbreak to a disaster at Fawley oil refinery.

East Boldre's new emergency plan is a 19-page document setting out procedures to be followed in times of crisis, such as high winds and heat waves, forest fires, and loss of power and water.

It has been compiled by village emergency coordinator Mike Upton, along with his deputy, Howard Moore, and approved by the parish council.

As reported in the A&T, part of the village hall’s roof was blown off when a freak mini-twister touched down during a storm in late December 2017 and left a trail of destruction in the small village. The side of a nearby house was also partially ripped away.

The new plan is to provide a local response to less serious emergencies, and other incidents when emergency services are unavailable and the village must fend for itself.

However, residents are reminded they should never be deterred from dialling 999 or 112 in an emergency.

Part of the side of this house was also blown out during the freak storm in December 2017
Part of the side of this house was also blown out during the freak storm in December 2017

A parish council spokesperson said: “Two years ago East Boldre experienced a mini tornado. Today we read of fires ravaging Australia. We don’t know what might happen; we do know we need to be prepared.

“That is why Mike Upton and his team have developed an emergency plan for the village. They have consulted widely and taken account of all of the views from village residents.

“They have identified resources, which have been purchased by the parish council, and they have completed a plan which has been shared and accepted by Hampshire County Council.”

In the event of an incident, the plan advises that having called the emergency services residents should follow a “telephone tree” to alert local coordinators.

The plan could then be activated, or by request from emergency services or authorities such as Hampshire County Council and the Environment Agency. A response centre would be set up in the village hall to deal with the incident.

Among the other possible scenarios listed in the document are flooding, and animal disease outbreaks including foot and mouth.

The full document can be read and downloaded here.



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