Bomb blasts council into swift action

    Ealing social services department’s emergency plans swung into
    action within minutes of last week’s terrorist bomb attack, which
    occurred less than half a mile from their offices.

    Staff immediately checked the client index to identify
    vulnerable people within the area cordoned off by the police, which
    included 35 older residents of a sheltered housing unit.

    A rest centre was quickly set up which acted as a reception site
    for people affected by the blast. Families forced to leave their
    homes were taken to emergency accommodation provided by the
    council. The department also provided counselling and meals.

    A council spokesperson said: “We were delighted with the way the
    service operated and the speed with which it responded.”

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