Kent County Council, with the help of partner agencies, have now delivered more than 13,000 bottles of water and 6,000 meals to lorry drivers caught up in Operation Stack.
Another 5,000 bottles and 500 meals are due to be handed out this morning.
While KCC staff led the collection of provisions, Kent Police and Kent Fire and Rescue Service, with support of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, have been distributing them along the closed stretch of M20.
This has been supported by help from KCC Community Wardens, the Red Cross, the Kent Voluntary Service in manning welfare points and providing refreshments to drivers in locations off the motorway.
KCC Senior Resilience Officer Steve Scully said: “Our partners have been helping us from the outset to deliver the items which is a difficult job considering the number of drivers who have been held up at one stage or another and we have made sure those with the longest wait and in the most need have been helped first.
“We have also had some food retailers arriving and handing out items which is great but in a bid to ease traffic issues in the area, we ask anyone with offers to help to contact us on 01622 212409 so this can be properly managed.”
Freight drivers entering Stack will not immediately need any welfare provided, depending on weather conditions and they are urged to ensure they are properly self-equipped with food and water.
Motorists are advised to avoid the area and the following guidance applies to drivers across the county:
- If possible carry a cold box with plenty of water and drink plenty of cold fluids to ensure everyone remains hydrated.
- Avoid tea or coffee and alcohol.
- Keep your vehicle ventilated to avoid drowsiness.
- Make sure that babies, children, elderly people or animals are not left alone in stationary cars.
- To cool down sprinkle water over the skin or clothing, or keep a damp cloth on the back of your neck.
- Be alert and call the health services if someone is unwell or further help is needed.
- Danger symptoms to watch out for in hot weather include: feeling faint and dizzy, shortness of breath, vomiting or increasing confusion.
- Check the weather forecast and any high temperature health warnings at:www.metoffice.gov.uk
For further information on staying safe in hot weather visit www.kent.gov.uk/heatwave
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