How can your local community be prepared?
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
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
- Knowledge of skills and experience within the community
- Knowledge of special equipment or vehicles within the
- Identification of vulnerable premises and people within the
- Specific actions based on specific risks.
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
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.