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Preparing your community

What do we mean by Community Resilience?

Community Resilience is about communities using local resources and knowledge to help themselves during an emergency in a way that complements the local emergency services.

How prepared is your community and what can you do?

  • Are you aware of the risks you and your community might face? For example, flooding.
  • How can you help yourself and those around you during an emergency?
  • What can you do to get involved in emergency planning in your community?

Your community will be better prepared to cope during and after an emergency when everyone works together using their local knowledge. Things like understanding what requirements most-at-need groups may have in an emergency can make a real difference. Identifying and planning for the risks you may encounter during a severe flood, heat-wave or snowfall could help in reducing the potential impact on you, your family and the wider community.

Being prepared and able to respond to an emergency can often help people recover more quickly.

It is clear that for some major incidents the emergency services may not be at the scene for a period of time, plus if it is a widespread incident then their resources may be stretched and not able to get to all communities as quickly as may be wished.

As a result communities are encouraged to have a local plan to help them support their own community during an emergency.

Communities could be based on Town or Parish geographic areas or smaller areas if it is felt it is needed due to a specific risk in the area.

A collection of community resilience: resources and tools has been developed to encourage you to take steps to prepare for an emergency and to think about the risks you face. These include:

For more information about risks in Lancashire, how the LRF plans to deal with them and what you can do to prepare, please download this guide.

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