If you know of anyone who may require additional assistance in the event of a power cut and has not already registered on our Priority Service Register (PSR), please let us know through our website or by calling us on 0800 31 63 105 or 0333 32 32 105 if calling from a mobile.
To report any power cuts and damaged lines on free helplines, please refer customers to the following numbers: In the South East call 0800 783 8866 and in the East of England call 0800 783 8838. You can also see www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk and follow the company on twitter for updates @ukpowernetworks.
Preparing for a power cut
Below is some advice on how our customers can prepare for a power cut:
Advice from UK Power Networks - February 2014
To report any power cuts and damaged lines on free helplines, please refer customers to the following numbers: In the South East call 0800 783 8866 and in the East of England call 0800 783 8838. You can also see www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk and follow the company on twitter for updates.
Are you prepared for power failures, telephone failures and possibly blocked roads?
How long could you manage without the electricity supply or the ability to recieve food d/fuel deliveries and/or get to the shops?
Do you have adequate fuel for open fires or solid fuel stoves?
Check that you have sufficient supplies and that it is stored somewhere dry.
Do you have alternative heating and lighting such as calor gas heaters, candles, gas lamps, torches, lighters or matches?
Do you have bottled gas to cook and bottled water to boil a kettle?
Even to fill up your hot water bottles!
Do you have at least one phone that is not a portable one?
The portable ones will not work without power.
If you have a mobile phone do you have an alternative means of charging it?
Your car perhaps, or even one of those "gadgets"! Remember that the receiving stations may cease working if they are without power for very long.
Do you have a suitable supply of food to keep you going for several days?
A few tins, some dried milk, as well as what you may have in your fridge or freezer - which you should wrap up to keep the cold in!
Do you have warm clothes if there is a loss of power is during the winter?
Keep some warm clothes and blankets nearby.
Do you have medication for at least a week?
Ensure that you have all you prescriptions submitted in plenty of time to guarantee your supplies.
Do you have a battery (or wind up) radio?
So that you have some idea of what is happening from Radio Suffolk, also spare batteries for that and your torches.
Do you have the mobile phone and land-line numbers, of your immediate neighbours, as well as your local parish councillor.
Make sure that your phonebook is up to date with the latest and correct numbers.
Is your water supply safe from frost?
Lagged where exposed or close to an outside wall? Don't forget to turn off the outside tap if loss of supply is during winter!
Contact numbers for your Barking Parish Councillors:
Cllr Alex Smith - 01473 658133 Chair
Cllr Stephen Butler - 07434 961516 Vice-Chair
Cllr Michael Smith - 01473 658599
Cllr Michael Bailey - 01473 658525
Cllr Ann Ross - 01449 721038
Cllr Rosamund Felllowes - 07899 845390
Barking Parish Council Emergency Response Plan
A major emergency can take place at any time and be caused by a number of factors including adverse weather, a road, major rail or air accident, fire or a host of other events. Assistance may not be immediately available and in the event the incident is very wide spread, the community could be temporarily isolated, with residents of the parish not receiving outside help for some time.
Barking Parish Council has produced an Emergency Response Plan which is the plan of action in the event of an incident occurring which directly impacts on the Parish of Barking. In preparing this Plan it is important to record details of people who could assist in an emergency; as well as those who may need assistance.
Should such an event occur, our first thoughts will be for our own family and immediate neighbours, but it may be that you have special skills, equipment and/or knowledge which could prove invaluable to the wider community.
A questionnaire was issued to every household in the Parish of Barking and the results were incorporated into the Plan. Of course we all hope that this information will never have to be used, but it is better to be prepared for any eventuality.
The Plan will be reviewed regularly, so the questionnaire is still available via this Website to download/print, by clicking onto ither of the following links -
If you prefer to email your response to me, please send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please be assured that any information that you supply will be retained by the Parish Council, and will only be used for the purpose of the Emergency Plan.