Each and every one of us has a part to play, to ensure our community is prepared for any eventuality.
You can do this by firstly preparing yourself: - (Link back to homepage to ‘Prepare yourself’)
Once you are prepared you can then look to support others. You can do this by encouraging others to prepare themselves and look at ways in which communities currently work together within your Borough.
How to prepare your community
- Join a community action group and prepare a Community Emergency Plan.
- Identify vulnerable neighbours who may need support during an evacuation such as elderly people or families with young children.
- Learn first aid – If it will take some time for emergency services to arrive, first aid will give lifesaving skills and allow you to look after those who are injured.
- Designate someone as a point of contact between the emergency services and the members of the community.
- Encourage people to create emergency plans for themselves and their household. (link to prepare yourself)
- See if your councils hold any activities or events to promote community resilience. For example: Bolton council hold an annual ‘Get Ready for Winter’ event in the town centre which promotes healthy eating, safety, and keeping warm. This event is supported by numerous emergency services and other agencies. Your own local authority may advertise events like this on their website.
- Local knowledge can help prepare for emergencies. People who have lived in the area for a long time are likely to have been affected by these emergencies before, and therefore have knowledge about how severe they can be, for example, if the community is affected by flooding, they may be aware of the areas which are most at risk and the depth the floods may go to.
- After an emergency, look out for others as they may show signs of stress as being caught up in an emergency can be mentally and emotionally challenging. There may be support groups which are set up in the community which can help them.