Community Emergency Planning
ACT is working with communities to raise awareness of, and support, Community Emergency Planning.
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:
- Be better prepared for an emergency
- Know what to do, before outside help and emergency services can arrive
- Work with emergency services and other agencies effectively, using local knowledge
- Recover more quickly and effectively after an emergency
We are now working on the Big Lottery funded Rebuilding Together project. As part of the Rebuilding Together programme ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) is supporting communities across the county with Community Emergency Planning and resilience activities, to help them prepare for, respond to, and recover from an emergency. Download further information here.
Community Emergency Planning - Guidance
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 Eden District Council website to see the latest updates from the Catchment Director's column
Community Resilience Conference - Oct 2014
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):
Community Led Planning
Community Led Planning is a tried and tested approach that helps local people to explore the needs for their area, set priorities, and produce a shared action plan for the future. Also known as Parish / Village Plans, these can cover a wide range of social, economic and environmental issues - anything which the community feels is important. ACT has support available to help communities work through the process and realise their aspirations.
For more information, see the Community Led Planning project page