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Developing a community emergency plan will help your parish work together to be prepared for the emergencies and risks you might face. It’s also a great way to raise local emergency issues with the emergency services and agree how you can work better together before an emergency happens.
A community emergency plan:
sets out what to do during an emergency with clear roles and responsibilities, including for flood or area wardens
lists the actions that allow key activities to continue in difficult circumstances
includes a list of the local assets/equipment that can be accessed during an emergency i.e. 4×4 vehicles
is clear on how you will identify vulnerable residents that might needs extra help in a winter emergency
identifies facilities available for rest / welfare centres for residents that have to evacuate their homes due to flooding, power failure or another winter emergency.
The Humber Emergency Planning Service website and the Cornwall Council website have a range of useful examples that can also be used to produce your own community and neighbourhood emergency plans:
Produce a high street / town centre emergency plan
Local small businesses should also be planning together for emergencies that would affect their business continuity this winter. Town and parish councils can promote business resilience by promoting the use of the following resources to local businesses:
Download the Business Emergency Resilience Group’s 10 minute plan designed to help businesses to prepare, respond and recover from a range of incidents or look at the Business Continuity for Dummies cheat sheet:
Communicate with your residents and business about your community winter emergency plan and have an agreed plan for how you will inform residents in the event of an emergency affecting your community, especially more vulnerable residents that might need extra help:
Encourage local people to read the 2017 National Risk Register, which provides an overview of the key risks that have the potential to cause significant disruption in the UK. This document explains the types of emergencies that might occur, what the Government and partners are doing to mitigate them, and how you as individuals, families or small businesses can help to protect yourself.
Have you linked your parish or town council/community web pages to the Get ready for winter website. This provides information and advice on how to prepare for winter weather including health and wellbeing advice.
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