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Plan for major incident evacuation for Edinburgh central

Crowd looks upWhile the rest of the country just panics as normal in the run up to the Christmas and New Year season, it seems the good people of Edinburgh have been given a little something extra to worry about over the season of goodwill.

I don’t know about them, but if I lived there, and I was given this advice (especially just prior to a period when the city centre will busier than usual with Christmas shopper, sales, visitors etc), I would be putting two and two together and coming up with five – or “What am I not being told about”, the timing of this ‘good advice’ is just a little to neat.

Come to think of it… didn’t the media carry stories about an asteroid just missing us recently?

Residents living in Edinburgh city centre are being urged to make up a “grab bag” of essential items as part of a major incident evacuation plan.

The special bag should include medication, car and house keys, cash and bank cards, glasses or contact lenses and items for children.

People are also urged to store next-of-kin details in a mobile phone, wallet or purse under the note ICE.

ICE stands for ‘in case of emergency’ for people looking for details.

The city centre area is roughly bordered by Haymarket, Queen Street, Regent Terrace and the Grassmarket, and includes locations such as Calton Hill, Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Park.

The population in the area is estimated at 70,000 although this increases significantly during the summer.

All businesses in Edinburgh are also being urged to make sure they are geared up to evacuate parts of the capital in exceptional circumstances.

Evacuation process

They are being told to identify evacuation assembly points, make transport arrangements, give support for vulnerable groups and make arrangements for communications.

via BBC News – Major incident evacuation plan for Edinburgh centre.

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November 23, 2011 - Posted by | Civilian | , , , ,

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