Building community resilience
Become better prepared on a local level
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 are encouraged to complete community resilience 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
The Kent Resilience Forum has developed templates to help you create a community resilience plan, a list of contacts, an incident log and a letter to residents.
If your community decides to create a plan, and you would like more information about the risks in your area, emergency plans in place and the 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 or email your local council emergency planning team listed below:
Ashford Borough Council: email@example.com
Canterbury City Council: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dartford Borough Council: email@example.com
Dover District Council: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gravesham Borough Council: email@example.com
Kent County Council: firstname.lastname@example.org
Maidstone Borough Council: email@example.com
Medway Council: firstname.lastname@example.org
Swale Borough Council: email@example.com
Sevenoaks District Council: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council: email@example.com
Thanet District Council: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council: email@example.com
Sign up to Communities Prepared
Communities Prepared is a national community resilience programme that equips Community Emergency Volunteers (CEV) and Flood Warden groups with the knowledge and confidence to prepare for, respond to, and recover from a range of emergencies, from flooding and severe weather incidents to pandemics.
The Communities Prepared programme provides community volunteers with free online or in-person training and support, tailored to local needs and priorities. In doing so, they are supporting the development of multi-role volunteer groups that have the confidence and skills to manage a range of emergencies: building their community’s long-term resilience. In the context of COVID-19, cost of living crisis and climate change, this is a high priority.
Encouraging children and young people to think about how to prepare, plan for and respond to emergencies can help build more resilient communities.
Visit our youth resources page to find information our the Duke for Cornwall Safety Awards for young people aged 5 to 18 years.