Extreme Events Conference
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.
Speakers profiles and their presentations can be downloaded here:
- Speaker profiles (114KB - pdf help)
- Adele Needham, Environment Agency - Flooding, minimising the risk (254KB - pdf help)
- Brian Smith - The Resilience of England's Transport Systems in Winter (685KB - pdf help)
- Chris Cranston, DCC - Managing Devon's Roads in Winter (4.41MB - pdf help)
- Graham Kerridge, British Red Cross (NaNMB - pdf help)
- Nigel Dyson, Highways Agency - A38 Haldon Hill Snow Response (714KB - pdf help)
- Richard Horne and Dom Maxwell-Batten, DCC - Emergency Planning in a Community Context (NaNMB - pdf help)
- Rob Varley, Met Office - Managing severe weather, now and in the future (2.79MB - pdf help)
- Tim Swabrick, Devon & Cornwall Constabulary - Incident Command Centre (471KB - pdf help)
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.
- Programme (25KB - pdf help)
- Factsheet 1 - Keeping Devon's Roads Moving (235KB - pdf help)
- Factsheet 2 - School Transport Advice (84KB - pdf help)
- Factsheet 3 - Social Care Advice (69KB - pdf help)
Did you attend the event? Let us know what you thought via our Conference Feedback Form. (NaNMB - pdf help)