Building community resilience
Building local community resilience
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 Kent Resilience Forum (KRF) members, such as the Environment Agency, to support in completion of these plans.
KALC (Kent Association of Local Councils) continually offers the KRF extensive support with the promotion of the community resilience agenda. For more information about KALC visit its website at www.kentalc.gov.uk.
Additionally, the KRF continues to look at ways to identify and engage with communities across Kent and Medway.
Make a community resilience plan
If your community decides to create a plan, and you would like more information about support available, please contact your local district/ borough council emergency planning officer. Links to district/borough council websites are available in the 'current partners' section of this site.
The Kent Resilience Forum has developed templates to help you create a community resilience plan, an incident log and a letter to residents. For further guidance please contact your local district emergency planning officer.
The UK Government has also developed a guidance document to help people and communities to prepare for emergencies. It is available on the following link - Preparing for emergencies