Somerset County Council

Place of Safety


Sometimes, in an emergency, evacuation of a number of homes, businesses or communities is essential to the safety of everyone involved. 

To make evacuation more efficient and less stressful, Somerset’s Civil Contingencies Partnership has introduced a new scheme called ‘Place of Safety’. The scheme aims to have a number of venues established across Somerset covering larger areas, such as Taunton and Bridgwater, as well as smaller communities like Kilmersdon and Alcombe.

The scheme is there to offer temporary shelter in an emergency for several hours. It builds on the sense of community that already exists, using local venues where people will feel comfortable and safe. Each venue will be supported by local authority staff and community members to provide the best possible care at short notice.

Each place of safety will have:

  • 24-hour access
  • Disabled access
  • Toilets
  • Heating
  • Light refreshments available

What are the benefits?

  • Venues are close to their communities 
  • Venues are well known locally
  • The community can open the venue themselves
  • Evacuees will be supported by people they know 

Getting involved
We are always on the lookout for new venues, if you feel you could help out please contact:


Contact: Somerset Local Authorities' Civil Contingencies Unit 
Address: Somerset County Council, County Hall, Taunton, Somerset TA1 4DY 
Phone 0300 123 2224 

Opening Hours: Monday 8am to 6pm, Tuesday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm, Saturday and Sunday closed.

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