Community Emergency Planning
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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):
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