Community Emergency Planning
How could you work together in your community to be better prepared and support each other in difficult times? How would your community survive the first 48 hours of a serious emergency? You may be cut off from the emergency services, or if the incident covers a large area, they may be occupied elsewhere. Community Emergency Plans can help to minimise the impact of an emergency and help communities to recover more quickly.
Communities are being encouraged to plan for extreme weather events, and other types of emergencies, in order to:
As part of the BIG Lottery funded Rebuilding Together programme ACT is supporting communities across the county with community resilience and emergency planning, to help them prepare for, respond to, and recover from an emergency. Download project information sheet
Although extreme weather conditions, such as flooding and heavy snow, are the most common emergencies which we face, there are a range of other emergencies that could occur within a community such as gas leaks, fires, mass power failure, and major traffic incidents. A plan helps people prepare for an emergency, organises neighbourly help during the incident, makes appropriate links to emergency services and local authorities, and assists with recovery after the event.
Visit: emergencyplanningcumbria.weebly.com for a wide variety of resources to support communities, businesses, and individuals to plan for emergencies, including Environment Agency advice specifically about flooding.
Visit Cumbria County Council website www.cumbria.gov.uk/emergencyplanning to find out about emergency planning for your household and business, severe weather, flooding advice, and other information.
Visit The Flood Hub website www.thefloodhub.co.uk - supporting communities to manage flood and coastal risk across the North West.
Visit Eden District Council website to see the latest updates from the Catchment Director's column
A Community to COBR Conference was held in November 2017 to assist emergency services and communities to plan how they will work together during an emergency.
Visual Minutes taken during the event (Open as PDF)
The Community Resilience Network held a Conference at Stoneybeck, near Penrith, to validate, celebrate, share and develop Community Emergency Planning across the county. Of the 100 people who attended, half were from communities which have developed plans or want to know more about the process and support available.
Event Case Study
Visual Minutes taken during the event (Open as PDF):
Communities across Cumbria are preparing for Village Halls Week – a national celebration of village halls, their volunteers, and the services they offer their communities. This year Village Halls Week runs from Monday 20th to Sunday 26th January, and begins with a launch event at the House of Commons, hosted by Defra Minister Lord Gardiner of Kimble.
Hellen Aitken from Cumbrian community development charity ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) will be attending the launch in London, together with David Anderson, Chairman of Kirkby in Furness Community Centre, one of three Cumbrian halls to recently benefit from funding from the Defra funded Village Hall Improvement Grant.
Members of the Cumbria Village Halls Network got together last week for a free workshop on using websites and social media. The group met in the cosy community room at Dufton Village Hall, using their recently installed broadband. With help from web-designer Phil Guest, the workshop was a whistle-stop tour of what makes a good website and how to make best use of social media for promotion.
The Village Halls Network is a way for committee members and trustees of community buildings across Cumbria to share practical ideas, relevant experience and to ask for help and advice. Members get together periodically, as well as supporting each other remotely.
Not only have the dedicated volunteers at Hunsonby Community Centre raised £300,000 to refurbish their community building, they’ve also been awarded a nationally recognised Hallmark quality standard for good governance.
Ofgem is carrying out a call for evidence for households who are not connected to the electricity distribution network, which we know at ACT is an issue for a significant number of Cumbrian residents
On the 13th November it is World Kindness Day, so as part of the #KindCumbria campaign we’ll be encouraging people to think about random acts of kindness and celebrating this on 13th November with our own very special 'Kind Cumbria Day'. Read more to find out how you can get involved.
The census rehearsal is in full swing and residents are being urged to complete their questionnaires online or at a community hub in Carlisle. The rehearsal will enable the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to test some of the systems and processes it has put in place ahead of the digital-first 2021 Census.
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