The response to, and recovery from, an emergency is carried out first and foremost at the local level. This response may be from the Emergency Services alone, but will more likely be a joint effort with engagement from local people as they will know their community and its needs.
There may be circumstances; such as widespread flooding, heavy snow or severe storm damage, where the arrival of the emergency services and other responders could be delayed, or when essential utilities and highways access may be compromised. Communities who have particular risks have been encouraged to complete Community Emergency Plans which will identify volunteers, resources and those who may be particularly vulnerable. Local Parish Councils are linked with their District Emergency Planning Officers and other KRF members such as the Environment Agency to support in completion of these plans. KALC (Kent Association of Local Councils) has supported the KRF extensively with the promotion of the Community Resilience agenda.
Additionally, the KRF is currently undertaking a project (due to conclude October 2016) which will create a strategy to identify and engage with communities across Kent and Medway.
If your community decides to create a plan, and you would like more information about support available, please contact Local District/Borough Council Emergency Planning Officer. Links to District/Borough Council websites are available in the 'Partner Websites' section of this site.
Community Resilience Planning
The Kent Resilience Forum has developed a Community Resilience plan template. For guidance on how to use it please contact your local District Emergency Planning Officer
Appendix 1 - Contact details - coming soon
Appendix 2 - Vulnerable residents - coming soon
Appendix 3 - Incident log
Appendix 4 - Flood plan template (optional)
The UK Government has also developed a guidance document to help people and communities to prepare for emergencies. It is available on the link - Preparing for emergencies.
Here are the next steps when thinking about creating your Community Resilience Plan:
Have a look at our interactive map and see if there is a Community Resilience Plan in your area. If there is make contact and find out how you can get involved. If there isn't follow the steps below...
Decide who (and where) your Plan is for
Set up a Community Resilience Group and appoint a co-ordinator
Complete a risk assessment
Think about the local skills and resources available
Consider how you will share information in an emergency. What about producing a telephone calling tree? Or a contact sheet?
Complete the Community Resilience Plan template
Think about who needs copies of your Plan? Make sure that your local District, Borough, City or Unitary Council has a copy
Review your plan and update it regular