Emergency messaging system would tell people when to evacuate Central Milton Keynes

A fire and rescue exercise
A fire and rescue exercise

A new emergency messaging system is being tested in Central Milton Keynes prior to an official launch next month.

The new free Milton Keynes Messaging System has been set up to send messages about serious incidents with advice on what they should do - up to the evacuation of Central Milton Keynes.

A spokesman for Milton Keynes Council said a “few glitches” are currently being ironed out ready for a launch event on November 20.

“It has been set up primarily as a messaging tool for those who live and work in Central Milton Keynes,” said the council spokesman. “Those who sign up will receive messages regarding serious incidents with advice on what they should do and specifically supports the Central MK Evacuation Plan.”

He added that the system may be expanded to include other specific areas of Milton Keynes.

Businesses are being encouraged to attend the conference in November which will look at how companies should respond and be prepared if anything happens.

Rosie Murray MBE, who co-ordinated a help line set up by the Red Cross after the terrorist attacks on the USA on September 11, 2001, will be speaking about the trauma a major incident can place on staff.

The idea of the event and the messaging service is to allow businesses to survive.

Milton Keynes Business Resilience Forum and Milton Keynes Resilience Group have organised the launch event at Milton Keynes Council offices on November 20.

Other speakers include council chief executive David Hill, Kate Russell, of Russell HR Consulting and the ambulance service.

For more details on the event visit https://humanaspects.eventbrite.co.uk/