Returning home after an emergency

Listen to advice from emergency services or local authorities about specific actions you should follow when it is safe to return home.

What can your local community do to be prepared?

Wide-scale emergencies do happen. In the last five years the UK has experienced heavy snow, flooding, chemical incidents, drought, riots, terrorist attacks, utility failures and fuel shortages.

What is Community Resilience?

“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” (Cabinet Office 2009).

What is a community emergency plan?

It provides advice and guidance to a local community (parish council, neighbourhood watch area or even a single street) in advance of and during any significant emergency.

Why have a community emergency plan?

It encourages people to plan and be prepared to put in place a self-help response in a community affected by an emergency.

Experience has shown that, sometimes due to the scale and nature of an emergency, the normal response provided by emergency services and local authorities can be delayed. In such occasions anything the local community can do to support each other will help them deal with the emergency more effectively.