How can your local community be prepared?

Community Resilience

Wide-scale emergencies can and do happen.  In the last 5 years the UK has seen events such as heavy snow, flooding, terrorist attacks, utilities failures and fuel shortages.

The lessons learned from the 2007 floods showed that those communities which were prepared for emergency events were better equipped to deal with the impacts.  This means that the individuals within those communities were able to cope without fear or panic.

What is a community Emergency Plan?

A community emergency plan provides advice and guidance to a local community (this may be the parish council, neighbourhood watch area or even a single street) both in advance of and during any significant emergency.

Community Resilience measures can be as little as just having a designated point of contact within the parish who can receive warnings and messages from emergency services and local authorities.

The plan can grow over time to include areas such as:

  • Community buildings which can be used as emergency evacuation facilities
  • Knowledge of skills and experience within the community
  • Knowledge of special equipment or vehicles within the community
  • Identification of vulnerable premises and people within the local area
  • Specific actions based on specific risks.

Community Resilience

Why have a
Community Emergency Plan?

The purpose of community resilience is to encourage people to plan and be prepares to put in place a self-help response within a community which is affected by an emergency. 

Experience has shown that sometimes due to the scale and/or nature of the emergency, the normal response provided by the emergency services and the local authorities can be delayed.  On these occasions anything which the local community can do to support each other will help them to deal with the emergency more effectively.