Emergencies happen. In the last few years, Scotland has experienced severe winter weather, flooding, travel disruption, fuel shortages, animal diseases, and a pandemic flu outbreak. Challenges like these affect us all in going about our daily lives, and every community has a different reason for wanting to plan to get through them.
The good news is that how communities organise themselves to prepare for emergencies can make a big difference. The Guide to Emergency Planning for Community Groups shows how communities can make that difference by coming together to support each other. It can be used by any community organisation - or by a group of people in a community who want to be more prepared.
You can also use this Community Resilience Toolkit which 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.
At the heart of how communities get through emergencies is how 'resilient' they are - this means how well they can use their strengths to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies.
More resilient communities:
- are aware of risks that may affect them and how vulnerable they are to them
- use their existing skills, knowledge and resources to prepare for, and deal with, the consequences of emergencies
- work together to complement the work of the local emergency responders before, during and after an emergency
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.