Flood victims help to shape support services

FLOOD victims in Morpeth have been asked for their input to help shape future support services.

The British Red Cross, which worked in the town in the aftermath of the 2008 flood, is conducting research to find out how prepared communities are to deal with flooding and what sort of help the charity could offer them.

It hopes to tap into the first-hand knowledge of flooding in the Morpeth community to help decide what sort of assistance would be most useful in any future emergencies.

Project Supervisor Alison McNulty said: “We are asking the people of Morpeth for their help in ensuring our study is focusing on the most important aspects of flood recovery and to help us to ask the right questions.

“The aim of the project is to understand how people are affected by floods and how best to support them during and afterwards.

“Specifically, the study aims to identify the needs of those affected by floods and the range of services that need to be in place before, during and after flooding occurs to help communities to cope in the aftermath of a deluge.

“The results from this project, including findings from national focus groups, questionnaires and interviews, will help the Red Cross and the voluntary and statutory sectors to more widely anticipate the needs of those affected by flooding and help to plan flood recovery work.”

To volunteer to take part in the project, contact Kimberley Rennick on 0207 877 7100 or e-mail research@redcross.org.uk