Preparing for emergencies in the community

You can't predict when your community may be affected by a disaster but you can be prepared. Communities can use local resources and knowledge to help themselves during an emergency and complement emergency services.

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Risks to communities

  • Severe weather
  • Infectious disease
  • Fuel shortages
  • Major accidents

Possible effects

  • Loss of life
  • Severe injury / illness
  • Damage to property
  • Travel restrictions
  • Lack of supplies

Planning for an emergency

It is worthwhile having a resilience plan for your community which details the knowledge and resources available to minimise disruption during a crisis.

A community resilience plan should:

  • identify the essential requirements for your community
  • set out what to do during a crisis with clear roles and responsibilities
  • list the actions that allow key activities to continue in difficult circumstances

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Support we offer

Training support and assistance is available for any community group who wants to complete a community resilience plan. Other support includes:

Community resilience checklist

  • Do you know which neighbours could be most vulnerable in an emergency?
  • Are there facilities available for shelter and evacuation?
  • Are you aware of any specific local risks which could pose problems?
  • Do you have a list of useful contact telephone numbers (neighbours, emergency services, utility providers and local voluntary organisations)?
  • Is equipment available which could be useful when responding to a crisis?
Page last updated: 30/04/2021
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