Community resilience is about communities using local resources and knowledge to help themselves during an emergency in a way that complements the local emergency services.
Answers to the following 3 questions can help to assess how prepared your community is and what can you do:
1. Are you aware of the risks you and your community might face, eg flooding?
2. How can you help yourself and those around you during an emergency?
3. What can you do to get involved in emergency planning in your community?
Your community will be better prepared to cope during and after an emergency when everyone works together using their local knowledge. Things like understanding what requirements groups most at need may have in an emergency can make a real difference. Identifying and planning for the risks you may encounter during a severe flood, heatwave or snowfall could help in reducing the potential impact on you, your family and the wider community.
A collection of community resilience: resources and tools https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/community-resilience-resources-and-tools
has been developed to encourage you to take steps to prepare for an emergency and to think about the risks you face. These include:
• Preparing for emergencies: guide for communities
• Community emergency plan toolkit
• Community emergency plan template