Prepare your community for emergencies
Many communities already spontaneously help one another in times of need, but previous experience has shown that those who have spent time planning and preparing for this are better able to cope, and recover more quickly. This activity is known as community resilience and is most successful when done in partnership with local responders.
Where to start
- Find out about your local risks on the Surrey Risk Register (PDF). Many groups form initially in response to a particular incident or threat.
- Check if a local group already has an emergency or resilience plan – parish councils and residents associations often do.
- If not, consider starting your own with willing volunteers. Surrey Prepared have a developed a range of resources to help with this (link to resources section below). It is worth considering linking with groups that already exist such as church groups, neighbourhood watch, youth groups.
- Consider if a Resilience Plan may be useful for you. Our Resilience plan consideration checklist (Word) is a great starting point.
Getting advice and assistance
Keeping in touch with Surrey Prepared will enable us to keep you informed about support, training, funding or events that might be of interest to you.
If you want advice or further information please email: Community.email@example.com
Files available to download
- Community Resilience Plan - checklist (MS Word)
Considerations for your Community Resilience Plan
- Surrey Community Emergency Plan Template (MS Word)
A template document helping you draw up a Community Emergency Plan including contact lists, how to set up a Community Emergency Team, an emergency actions list and a confidential vulnerable persons list (Word version)
- Emergency Assistance List (MS Word)
Optional confidential list of people requiring extra assistance in an incident. Must be kept securely and confidentially if filled in by a community, and not shared unless at request of identity confirmed Police or other emergency responders.
- How to be prepared for local emergencies guide (PDF)
A short guide to help you prepare for emergencies, featuring a list of emergency contact numbers. Topics covered include flooding; severe weather; wildfires; power, gas and water loss; and evacuation