After the devastation caused to York by the Boxing day floods in 2015, York CVS held an event in April to determine how responses to emergencies should be coordinated in future.
Since then, York CVS and City of York Council have been working with the voluntary sector and business leaders to organise a safe and appropriate response to any future city-wide emergencies.
An emergency steering group has been created, made up of senior staff from the voluntary sector, including the chief executives of York CVS, the Citizens Advice Bureau, York Community Furniture Store, British Red Cross, Age UK, Two Ridings Foundation and York Mind.
In the event of a flood, or any other major incident, Ready for Anything’s registered volunteers will be contacted via text message.
Chief Executive, says:
“After the floods there was a huge response from individuals and organisations giving support through physical labour, donations and even offering their homes to people over Christmas.
The York Flood Inquiry report recognised the fantastic response by volunteers, but they recommended a more coordinated future response. ready for Anything can do that.
We need all sorts of volunteers – people and businesses. Please help us if you can. We don’t know when we’ll need you, we just know we will sometime!”