WINTER and severe weather events will be the subject of a special conference being held by Devon County Council in partnership with the Met Office this month. The Extreme Events conference is being held on September 28 to help agencies across Devon discus

WINTER and severe weather events will be the subject of a special conference being held by Devon County Council in partnership with the Met Office this month.

The Extreme Events conference is being held on September 28 to help agencies across Devon discuss how to respond to severe weather, such as the last two winters - which saw Devon hit by heavy snowfall and the coldest temperatures for 30 years - and the severe flooding in East Devon in 2008.

The event will highlight lessons learned, planning and action taken by agencies as a result of previous experience.

Emergency services, the Highways Agency, NHS, Environment Agency, parish and town councils, district councils, businesses, schools, transport operators, the NFU, and local media are all invited to the free event.

The conference will be held from 9.30am to 4pm at the Met Office in Fitzroy Road, Exeter.

Places are limited to a maximum of 200 people so those who would like to attend are advised to book as soon as possible. Applications can be made online at: www.devon.gov.uk/extremeeventsconference or by calling My Devon on 00845 155 1004.