Winter Travel

Extreme Events Conference

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Floods, hail, ice, snow – extreme weather events could become more frequent and we in Devon need to be prepared and ready to respond. Following the last two years’ severe winters, councils, transport officials and the emergency services know that it is vital for us all to work together and share information in order to keep Devon moving and help communities to help themselves.

On 28 September, Devon County Council, in partnership with the Met Office, hosted a knowledge-sharing conference looking at what we’ve learnt, planning resilience, care for the community and self-help advice. This free conference was attended by the emergency services, Highways Agency, NHS, Environment Agency, district councils, parish and town councils, businesses, schools, transport operators, and local media.

L-R Brian Smith, Winter Resilience Review; Superintendent Tim Swarbrick, D&C Constabulary; John Harrison, Met Office; Chris Cranston, Devon County Council; Cllr John Hart, leader of Devon County Council; and Cllr Stuart Hughes, cabinet member for Highways & Transport at Devon County Council

Speakers profiles and their presentations can be downloaded here:

Videos of the event:

1. Welcome and Introduction by Chris McCarthy and Cllr John Hart Devon County Council
2. How should England cope with future severe winters?
3. The worst winter for 30 years? A media perspective
4. Managing a severe weather event - the role of Silver Control
5. Managing snow events on Haldon and Telegraph Hill
6. Managing Devon's roads in winter
7. Managing flooding in Devon
8. Questions to morning speakers
9. Afternoon Chair's introduction - Cllr Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council
10. Emergency Planning in a community context
11. Voluntary sector matters in winter
12. Managing severe weather, now and in the future
13. Questions to afternoon speakers

You can view videos of the event, look at the speaker’s presentations and download copies of our factsheets below.


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