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Preparing for Emergencies






This guidance from the UK Cabinet Office helps people, businesses and communities to identify and prepare for the hazards and threats that may disrupt their lives.

1. What risks should you plan for?

Various hazards and threats such as extreme weather and cybercrime could have a big impact on you and your property. They could also affect the services you rely on – such as transport, utilities, communications and financial services.

These resources can help you to be aware of the risks in your local area:

Find out about your council’s emergency plans and services and identify if the roads you use are priority gritting routes, if they are not, then you may need to do some extra planning for winter weather:

2. Prepare yourself for emergencies

These resources help people to quickly prepare for the hazards and threats that may affect them.

Quick and easy preparation:

More advanced preparation for flooding:

One of the best ways to improve your resilience to an emergency is to plan with other people. Read more information on how you can get involved in your community’s resilience.

3. Prepare your business for emergencies

These resources enable businesses to identify and prepare for the hazards and threats that may disrupt their operations.

Being more prepared and resilient can give a competitive advantage to your business. The actions you take to make your business resilient will depend on your circumstances and the risks you are comfortable taking. Having assessed these, only you can decide how much time, and possibly money, you want to invest in increasing your resilience. The suggested actions below will get you started, ranging from a free ‘print off and fill-in’ plan to more specialist training.

Quick and easy preparation:

More advanced preparation:

4. Prepare your community for emergencies

These resources enable communities to prepare for the hazards and threats that may disrupt their neighbourhoods.

The Preparing for emergencies: guide for communities provides a framework for thinking about why and how you can help your community to be prepared, including:

Local Resilience Forums organise and coordinate the emergency response in your area. You can contact your Local Resilience Forum to find out, or suggest, how you can prepare your community for emergencies.

There are loads of great ‘how-to guides’, case studies and toolkits for community flood planning on the National Flood Forum’s website.

4.1 Developing a plan for your community group

If you are setting up a new community resilience group you should develop a plan for how your group supports the community and the emergency response. These resources can help you plan:

5. Further information

The Communities Prepared programme started in 2008 to explore ways to support communities in becoming resilient to the range of probable emergencies. The programme seeks to empower communities, businesses, and individuals to harness local resources and expertise to help themselves and their communities to:

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