Red Cross trains to help in blackouts

British Red Cross has agreed to train for situations with power cuts after a £400,000 donation from an electricity operator. Scottish and Southern Energy Distribution (SSEPD) gave £400,000 to the […]

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British Red Cross has agreed to train for situations with power cuts after a £400,000 donation from an electricity operator.

Scottish and Southern Energy Distribution (SSEPD) gave £400,000 to the charity which will help to buy an emergency response vehicle and train new volunteers.

The charity said they will train in crisis response activities aimed at helping customers who find power loss in an emergency situation particularly distressing.

The money will also help run their support line telephone service.

Simon Lewis, head of emergency response at the British Red Cross, said: “We support people forced to leave their homes, or stuck without water or power; helping to make such stressful situations easier to cope with.

“SSEPD’s support is vital to ensure we are able to expand our emergency response work, helping more people at times of crisis.”

SSEPD’s Director of Distribution, Stuart Hogarth said: “For most people, a power cut is simply an inconvenience, but we know that for some it can be much more serious and distressing, particularly for those who rely on electricity for their healthcare or mobility needs.”