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Emergency Planning

Community Resilience

For those within the community who are interested in community resilience or are considering writing a parish emergency response plan.

What is community resilience and why is it important?

During this time, individuals and communities may need to rely on their own resources to ensure they are able to cope with the consequences of an emergency. Many communities already help one another in times of need, but previous experience has shown that those who have spent time planning and preparing for this are better able to cope, and recover more quickly. The value of planning at the community level cannot be under-estimated.

It is not about creating or identifying a whole new community network or a one-off response to or recovery from an incident, but rather an ongoing process of using and enhancing existing relationships to better improve the emergency preparedness of an area.

A working definition of community resilience is given as:

“Communities and individuals harnessing local resources and expertise to help themselves in an emergency, in a way that complements the response of the emergency services.”

National Agenda

The Community Resilience agenda is being led by the Civil Contingencies Secretariat within the Cabinet Office, the aims of the Community Resilience Programme are to:

Local Agenda

Within Hampshire County Council we are keen to encourage communities especially parishes to write their own community emergency plans. It is important however, to remember there is no statutory responsibility for town and parish councils to plan for, respond to, or recover from emergencies. However it is good practice for communities to identify hazards and make simple plans on how they may respond when faced with an emergency.

The parish can help before or during an incident or emergency :

The Resilient Community

 

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