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Community resilience

Community Emergency Plans are aimed to increase the readiness and resilience within local communities in Swale.

In nearly all cases, emergencies are dealt with by the emergency services, local authorities and the major utilities (gas, electricity, water). In certain circumstances, such as extensive flooding, heavy snow or severe storm damage, the arrival of emergency services could be delayed, or essential utilities and highways access may be compromised. Communities can really benefit from some local planning to help themselves if this happens.

To help Parish Councils and Community Groups understand what they need to do, the Kent Resilience Forum has published guidance and a useful Community Emergency Plan template, to act as a "step by step" self help way to developing a plan. It covers the whole range of requirements that could help your community in an emergency, such as identifying local risks and issues, local people and resources that could assist, and how to manage the response.

Download the Kent Resilience Forum Community Emergency Plan and accompanying appendices:

Communities prepared

Communities Prepared offers help and advice on what communities can do during flooding, severe winter weather and pandemic flu.

Help on how to prepare for an emergency in Kent can be found on the Kent Resilience Forum's Kent Prepared website.

Other useful information can also be found on the Cabinet Office website.

Contact us

If you are involved in a parish or town council and would like further information or assistance with completing an emergency plan for your local community, email Emergency Planning or phone 01795 417619.

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