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Community group action

Knowing you can rely on your neighbours, and act with other people in the local community, can make all the difference in an emergency. Find out how to set up a Community Resilience Group in your area to prepare for emergency situations such as those created by extreme weather.

Forming a Community Resilience Group and writing an emergency plan together can help build a strong support network, which is useful in times of flooding or extreme weather.

If you're interested in setting up a group, or already have a group and want help to work on an emergency plan, please email info@appliedresilience.org.

How community groups can help in a flood 

  • Close roads and advise people not to enter flood water.

  • Help evacuate people to emergency help centres.

  • Promote recovery centre attendance.

  • Carry out a de-brief after flooding and review community plans.

How community groups can help in a utility outage

  • Check on vulnerable people in the community and help them in getting shopping or medical supplies and keeping warm.

  • Encourage any vulnerable people in the community to sign up to Priority Registers.

  • Tell people about the 105 telephone number to ring for help during a power cut.

  • Carry out a debrief after the event and review your community plan.

How community groups can help in severe winter weather 

  • Contact neighbours who might need help securing gates or garden furniture during heavy winds etc.

  • Check on vulnerable people living in the community, helping out with shopping or getting medical supplies.

  • Offer help clearing snow from footpaths or steps if you have elderly or vulnerable people living nearby. 

  • Carry out a de-brief after the period is over and review community plans.