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Appeal goes out for fresh supplies for city rest centre

A CALL has gone out to city businesses for their help to provide support to our communities during the Coronavirus crisis.

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Swansea Council has launched an appeal to local businesses for folding camp beds, and bedding sometimes needed in an emergency to ensure the public are as comfortable as possible if we need a rest centre.

This is part of an effort to ensure we've planned to deliver a suitable temporary rest centre that could swing into action if there's a non-Coronavirus major incident in the city such as a major fire or evacuation of residents.

Clive Lloyd, Cabinet Member for Resilience and Strategic Collaboration, said; "We're in the midst of an unprecedented pandemic and quite rightly the beds and bedding normally held in reserve for a rest centre have been re-directed to field hospitals.

"But we have to prepare for other emergencies too. If there's a major incident in the city that requires residents to be evacuated from their homes, we have a tried and trusted process that swings into action.

"Working with in partnership with colleagues in the British Red Cross we are quickly here for Swansea to set up a rest centre to provide accommodation with those who've had to leave their homes and have nowhere else to go.

"But now the equipment we hold in reserve for such moments is in use helping to save lives, we need more to fill the gap. Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic local businesses have stepped up to support their local communities and this is another opportunity to do so again."

Any group or organisation who might be able to help should email or call 01792 636000.

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