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BERT Log 938@938.me.uk

Brockham Emergency Response Team and Brockham Emergency Volunteers

A Significant and Successful Community Initiative Part Two Robert Bartlett MA (Cantab) Brockham April 2016

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BERT Log 938@938.me.uk March 2016: During the heavy winds of Storm Katie over Easter, BERT member Isobel was asked by a neighbour for help, as the family had no power for two days. Their problems included no light, power or gas. Isobel managed to gather together camping stove, gas lamps, gas fridge ice packs and battery sources to make the family comfortable. The family were very grateful for the assistance offered and donated ÂŁ20 to BERT. Power was the restored following day. 10 April 2016: Strood Green. Paul Edwards led a team of Young BERT to help a family where a tree had fallen completely blocking a significant part of their garden, used for livestock. The task took three hours.

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18 June 2016 Sunday: Working Party: About twenty volunteers along with some local residents and a flow of tea and coffee from sympathetic locals after a VERY hard and damp morning the ditch was cleared. This is a part of the water flow from Strood Green down the east side of Middle Street, under the road, back of the houses where the ditch is joined by others coming directly off Tanner’s Meadow toward tanners Brook and the main drainage into the Mole off Old School Lane. A considerable amount of vegetation was removed and disposing of it was a huge task

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BERT Log 938@938.me.uk undertaken by Simon Budd and Young BERT. Next time we do this we need a local volunteer with a chipper! Bob Thomas and Steve Thorpe gained access to the pipework where it comes up to the west of the road and all four access points to the drains were clear.

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7 August 2016: Young BERT tasked to recover the copingstones knocked off walls either side of the bridge in Old School Lane

Safety briefing given by Simon Budd including the carrying capacity of the strops and how the strength is reduced when the strops are folded. More Young BERT were to arrive but it was Sunday morning and they are teenagers!

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Bob Thomas as always into the water with three of the lads to fit the strops.

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Farmer Keith Budd with his JCB under the careful watch of his father retired farmer Michael Budd the load is safely lifted off the river bed.

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Stones have been knocked off both sides of the bridge but could not be re-cemented into position, as first they need to dry. SCC Highways will be informed.

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Whilst in the Brook the opportunity was taken to remove Himalayan Balsam from the bank

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Pack up and tidy up to be ready for the next task.

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Simon and Keith Budd 23 October 2016 After a quiet summer the Team decided to take advantage of the collection of vegetation by Brockham Bonfire to remove material cut from part of the main drainage ditch through the village. The downside of this is that many volunteers are also Bonfire workers as is the whole of Young BERT. On Sunday however, a reduced number of volunteers attended and a considerable amount of vegetation was cut to allow the free flow of water. Interestingly as this is now the third or fourth time this has been done the task was eased and in one area there was no cutting to be done. This was balanced by another where a fence panel had collapsed and was allowed to remain in the ditch, as was a large cut bush. A local resident informed the team that twenty years ago council contractors cleared this main ditch in the spring and autumn. That no longer happens with reliance on riparian rights, which is not a realistic way to ensure properties are not flooded. Photographs by Robert Bartlett

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This is avoidable and had the material been washed into the system there would have been a blockage and houses potentially flooded.

RVP was the Pavilion with Clive Roberts, Paul Blackburn and Daved Shanks

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BERT Log 938@938.me.uk Two new strimmers bought with donations following advertising on community email

Daved “qualifying� in the use of the strimmer!

Oakdene Road before Bob Thomas and Garry Wood cut the vegetation. Further along the ditch towards the allotments Ann and Mick Went had previously undertaken maintenance, as they could not come on this Sunday. The first working party they have missed.

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Bob Thomas

Bob Thomas

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Garry Wood

Bob Thomas

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A pristine part of the system, which shows the benefits of concrete and some expenditure

This is the bridge monitored by BERT in Oakdene Road after the flood in 2013. The photo below taken on Sunday seems to indicate that the crack is getting no worse. SCC has been informed.

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2016 Storm Angus 20 November 2016 Following warning from the Met Office BERT moved to the Alert phase identifying four team leaders and a number of available volunteers should there be trees down or flooding. All BERT pumps were checked and drivers identified for the trailer and to collect sandbags from the district council if necessary. No problems were caused by the storm but a BERT member Colin Truran undertook a reconnaissance of the whole village at dawn and though there was surface water there were no significant issues. The water was running freely through the system but the two grills in the drainage ditches close to the church had to have a considerable amount of leaves and hedge cuttings removed. More significant rainfall was expected in the next 24 hours and members of community email were encouraged to check their ditches to try and keep them free flowing. 26 November 2016: New protective clothing: Young BERT and several members of Adult BERT were issued with a new range of protective clothing on Saturday morning, (26 November) The clothing was sponsored in part by Johnston Sweepers of Dorking and from contributions following sales from Brockham Community email. Twelve of Young BERT were supplied with the new clothing ensuring there was room for growth! If any youngsters, male or female, aged 14 or over would like to volunteer for Young BERT please make contact with bert.brockham@gmail.com. Adults will also be welcome. It is understood that as volunteers you may not always be available. Team members Zoe Collins and Jane Gardner undertook the issue of the uniform

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Scrub down before the new kit is displayed

Zoe and Jane getting the lads sorted out!

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James with space to fill!

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No they are NOT!!

A copy of the BERT log can be found at: https://issuu.com/bert896/docs/bert_origins_july_2015_this_one http://brockhamvillagecommunityhistory.weebly.com/bert-part-one-andtwo.html www.facebook.com/BertBev

BERT/BEV Deployment The following is an extract from the leadership team plan to mobilise volunteers: 1. What can BERT do to ameliorate the impact of the threats? What follows is a generic response which can be adapted to meet all of the threats and potential incidents likely to involve BERT. It is based on NORMAL, WARNING and ALERT phases. a. NORMAL is as it seems, a time to prepare, plan and train. Also a time to recruit and organise a range of volunteers for BERT and BEV. b. ALERT is where bad weather is predicted and BERT moves to ensure all arrangements to respond are in place and effective c. WARNING is when the EVENT materialises and action is required

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BERT Log 938@938.me.uk d. POST EVENT is immediately after the event has passed but there is much to do in clearing up or assisting te vulnerable and victims. ALERT 1. Gather and disseminate information on the weather and flow of the Mole 2. Notify through community email a move to a “ALERT� phase identifying what people and equipment is available and to check communications 3. Identify and nominate available leadership for BERT and BEV during the potential event. 4. Identify BEV availability particularly for the evacuation and control centre in the church hall to include mobile phones and the monitoring of social media. (MVDC have a responsibility for a Rest Centre probably in Dorking) 5. Ensure the GO BERT emergency number is working effectively 6. Have bridge closed signs ready deployment 7. Check that pumps and other equipment are ready for deployment 8. Check trailer is ready for deployment 9. Identify who will deliver the trailer to the scene of a deployment 10. If necessary have BEVS identify and visit vulnerable residents WARNING 1. On moving to WARNING phase, as the event develops and premises are threatened, deploy BERT to monitor roads and vulnerable sites. 2. Community email to notify the move to the WARNING phase and ongoing information, guidance and threats 3. Mobilise BERT leadership structure 4. Establish Control Centre in church hall if necessary with appropriate staff with phones and begin to monitor social media to gather information. The Control Centre will liaise with the emergency services and local authorities. 5. Control Centre will maintain a log of events and activity including the names of volunteers deployed, when and where they deployed and when they finished their task. 6. Control Centre will act as a focal point for the community and statutory and emergency services 7. Deploy BERT and BEVs via the leadership structure as required 8. Once deployed BEV and BERT will wear high visibility tabards and if required, protective clothing 9. At all times the activities of Young BERT will be monitored and if necessary supervised. 10. No volunteer at any time is to place/himself or herself at risk or to operate beyond their level of competence. BERT is not an emergency service but will assist the community of Brockham within the limits of the capability of its volunteers. 11. If self-deployed as a BERT/BEV member, then the BERT leadership structure should be made aware of where the volunteer is and what role is being undertaken. 12. Deploy a sign bin to Brockham Green as a community resource 13. Visit vulnerable residents

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BERT Log 938@938.me.uk 14. Establish a sandbag depot if predictions make this a useful asset 15. If heavy snow, deploy Young BERT and others to assist to clear access to vulnerable people’s homes. Post Event 1. Working with parish council, MVDC, Environment Agency, SCC as necessary to ensure all help necessary is directed at the village. 2. Collate details of what has happened 3. Gather information on casualties and who has been evacuated and to where. 4. Assist with finding emergency accommodation for people having to leave their homes. 5. Consider feeding victims and volunteers 6. Plan for the tidy up phase to include litter and debris in ditches and watercourses. 7. Assist victims who need help liaising with insurers and form filling 8. Check vulnerable people 9. Clean and maintain all equipment ready for a future deployment 10. Undertake a “hot” debrief soon after the event to draw on learning and experience including effectiveness of BERT/BEV and equipment Emergency Assistance Centre/control: Church Hall, which will act as a liaison point for parishioners and emergency services. Modern media such as Facebook and Twitter will be monitored and information collated and circulated via community email. Staffed by BEVs who will also provide comfort for the evacuated before they can be sent on to the MVDC emergency Rest Centre at Dorking Halls

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