Take part in our new survey: are you prepared for emergencies?
The Kent Resilience Forum has launched a new online public survey to explore how aware, and prepared, people consider themselves in relation to a range of risks and emergencies that could impact residents of Kent and Medway.
The survey is open to all residents of Kent and Medway and the results will be used to improve the work of the Forum's partners in supporting communities to become better prepared for future emergencies.
Kent Resilience Forum partners are responsible for identifying and assessing the risks in the local area and ensuring plans are in place, if an emergency occurs, they are prepared to respond to it together and minimise any impact. Part of this work is helping to boast local community resilience.
What are the risks in Kent and Medway?
These are some of the key risks and potential emergencies identified in Kent and Medway:
- Flu or other infectious disease pandemic
- Severe cold weather / snow
- Severe heatwave
- Storms or gales
- Loss of essential service (gas, water, electricity, oil, telephone, internet)
- Industrial accidents
- Security incidents / terrorist attacks
What is community resilience?
Local emergency responders will always have to prioritise those in greatest need during an emergency, especially where life is in danger. There will be times when you may be affected by an emergency but your life is not in immediate danger. During this time, you need to know how to help yourself and those around you until the Kent Resilience Forum partners can get to you to offer assistance.
By becoming more aware of and resilient to the potential risks in your area, you and your community can complement the work of local emergency responders and reduce the impact of an emergency on your community both in the short and long term.
How long will the survey take to complete?
This survey should only take about 5 -10 minutes to fill in. The information you provide will help to support you and your community better in an emergency.
How the survey results will be used
By taking part in this survey, you will be helping the Kent Resilience Forum to shape its community resilience strategy to support you and your community better in an emergency, putting residents at the heart of its design and planning of future initiatives.