05 October 2013

Ricky Tomlinson's latest starring role could help save lives this winter

By Paul Eeles

Ricky features in three short films which offer practical help and advice about what to do in emergencies including cold weather or flooding.

The films support the Let’s Get Ready Liverpool campaign which urges people to be prepared for the unwanted disruptions of all types – such as power cuts to homes and having to be evacuated because of gas leaks.

They will also be used as part of the city’s Winter Survival Campaign which aims to reduce the number of unnecessary deaths and illness during severe weather.

“I was pleased to be able to help with these films, “said Ricky. “They remind everybody of some very simple things they can do to look after themselves and, importantly look after those such as elderly neighbours who may need some help.

“It really is very easy to be prepared for emergencies such as having a grab bag ready to take with you in case you need to leave your home in a hurry, for example. In fact, it is so simple even Jim Royle would find it no trouble to do!”

Councillor Ann O’Byrne, the city council’s cabinet member for housing said; “ We are delighted that Ricky has helped making these films. We have got used to having a laugh with Ricky in many of his programmes but it’s no laughing matter when you are hit by an emergency

“So, make sure you follow Ricky’s advice and take simple and practical steps to be ready for emergencies.”

More information about Let’s Get Ready Liverpool is available at http://liverpool.gov.uk/crime-prevention-and-emergencies/emergency-planning/

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