What is community resilience?
Community resilience is about communities and individuals harnessing local resources and expertise to help themselves in an emergency, in a way that complements the response of the emergency services and authorities.
Why is community resilience important?
• Emergencies happen, preparing yourself and your family will make it easier to recover from the impacts of an emergency.
• Being aware of the risks you might face, and who in your community might need your help, could make your community better prepared to cope with an emergency.
• Local emergency responders will always have to prioritise those in greatest need during an emergency, especially where life is in danger. During these times, you need to know how to help yourself and those around you.
The County and District Councils have been working together to promote Community Resilience within Gloucestershire. The templates and further information can be found here: Gloucestershire – Community Resilience
The Cabinet Office have also provided guidance and template documents at the gov.uk website
Community Emergency Plan
Many communities already help one another in time of need, but experience had shown that those who have spent a bit of time preparing a simple Community Emergency Plan are better able to cope and recover more quickly from emergencies.
Local Authorities and other organisations work together to promote community resilience in Gloucestershire. Following the amazing support provided by the communities during Covid-19, the Community Emergency Plan templates and guidance are currently being reviewed to ensure they are fit for purpose.
More information will be available on this webpage in due course, but in the meantime Gloucestershire Rural Community Council has useful emergency planning guidance and toolkit on their website.
The Government also had Community Resilience information and plan template on Gov.uk.
It is important to remember that you should never do anything which puts you or anyone in your community at risk. If need be call the Emergency Services.