set-up of Burnham evacuation centre praised by residents
50 residents who were evacuated from their homes during Friday's
explosives incident in Burnham-On-Sea used an emergency rest centre
set up in the town.
Burnham Community Centre, pictured above, was converted into the
rest centre by Sedgemoor District Council - and many of those
who used the facilities have praised the authority for its swift
spokeswoman Claire Faun told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Our Environmental
Health and Housing section was asked to set up a rest centre in
Burnham for upwards of 100 people just after 9.30am and we had
it in place within an hour."
Community Centre was chosen as the location since it was far enough
away from the incident. It is well known that displaced persons
like to be as near to their homes as is safely possible."
The Civil Contingencies Unit made available hot meals via the
Salvation Army's incident vehicle, which had been dispatched from
Exeter and was run by volunteers from The Salvation Army in Bridgwater.
council's dog wardens also assisted with the pet requirements
of people who taken their pets to the rest centre. And the council's
health and safety team co-ordinated car parking at the Community
Centre free of charge to ensure responders had dedicated spaces
to park, saving valuable time.
Red Cross and St John Ambulance were in attendance at the Community
Centre to deal with any first aid issues. And Somerset 4x4 were
on call to help any residents who were unable to use their vehicles
or had disability issues. The WVRS were also on hand to help.
Burnham resident who used the evacuation centre, Sheila Burrows,
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I would like to say well done to
everyone involved in the evacuation at Beatty way. As a local
resident, we came home from work to find the whole area cordoned
off and surrounded by police."
"At this stage we were unaware of what was going on but
were soon informed by the police. Our dog was inside our property
on her own, but the police kindly offered to bring out our dog
to us and I would like to thank him."
"The evacuation procedure at the community centre was extremely
well organised and a huge thank you goes to all the voluntary
services involved. A big thank you also goes to the council for
supplying food for my dog. We were also kept fully informed of
the situation at all times by the police."
Another resident, Mandy Horsey, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The
Salvation Army food van came and we all had a endless supply of
tea, coffee, hot chocolate and burgers and bacon rolls. We were
allowed to leave the centre but to sign in and out. The police
were very informative. The helpers were always around and asking
if we were all OK. I would say the day was very different to my
normal Friday, but with the support and help from the police and
support workers there was no panic."
rest centre staff were finally stood down just after 10pm when
police declared the area safe and residents returned to their
council spokesman Claire Faun added: "A forward rota of volunteers
and staff from Sedgemoor District Council and Homes in Sedgemoor
was on hand if the incident had continued overnight and into the
of 50 residents and their pets used the centre over the 12-hour
District Council thank all staff and organisations who assisted
with the centre."
COVERAGE OF THE BEATTY WAY INVESTIGATION:
Way cordon lifted by police
photos of the police investigation in Beatty Way
collections delayed by police probe
confirm incident 'was not terrorism related'
of the army bomb disposal team at the scene