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Be better prepared for risks

If you've made it here you're probably already thinking about what you could do either yourself or with others to help your community be better prepared for risks like flooding and severe weather.

There are lots of easy ways you can do this, either by supporting some of the work already happening in your area, you can click here for our interactive map, or by looking to establish something new, such as a Community Emergency Plan.

This isn't about doing the job of the emergency services. It's about supporting your community and those in it by making sensible preparations and using the skills and knowledge that the community has.

WHY should my community have an emergency plan?

We'll tell you why it makes sense to you and your community to have a plan

HOW do I get started - it sounds like a great idea!

We'll give you all the information you need to start your plan here

DO - what tools do I need to be able to write my emergency plan?

We'll direct you to the right tools and guidance to help you write, use and practise your plan here

Help, support and advice is available.

  • The Resilient Communities Strategic Framework and Delivery Plan for 2017 - 2021 sets out the aims and approach of the Resilient Communities team in Scottish Government, and can be found here.

  • A good starting point is the Scottish Government's Guide to Emergency Planning for Community Groups, which suggests a range of things that you and others in your area could do and has templates for household and community plans

  • This Community Resilience Toolkit has been designed for community resilience groups, or anyone thinking about setting one up, to guide them through the simple steps to help them explain and prove the difference their group makes and why it is important. It can help groups communicate with their wider communities, attract new members, obtain funding and support, and share good practice.

  • A workshop was held in Edinburgh in March 2018 exploring ways the Community Resilience Toolkit could help community groups at any stage of resilience development, and providing a space for groups to network and share good practice. The Key Messages report on the day can be found here. If there would be interest in such an event in your area, please contact

  • Your local authority can provide invaluable help. It is a good initial contact that can put you in touch with the key people locally.
  • Lots of people are preparing already. Look at our case studies to see what others have achieved and how and our interactive map showing what might be happening near you
  • Find out more about some of the voluntary organisations that play a key role in building Scotland's resilience, and let us know what you have planned in your area.
  • The leaflets below contain advice and information on building community resilience and might be useful in spreading the word in your community. You can print them directly or contact us and we'll send you a supply