Local councils around the country have started to create community emergency plans. This is because it is felt each community is often better able than outsiders to support its residents in local emergencies. Although emergency services would be fully involved, it is sometimes easier to focus in the right places for local people to help themselves, at least initially.
The Parish Council has published a plan for possible emergencies. We want to share the details with residents as widely as possible so you know how and where to find out about it and what we, as a community, can do to help each other.
The Plan is based on guidance from the Kent Resilience Forum and Tunbridge Wells Borough Council but it focuses specifically on our Parish.
Aims and Objectives:
- Developing a robust coordinated approach that complements the plans of emergency services and bodies;
- Allowing the community to support itself when outside help from the emergency services or local authority is delayed or overwhelmed;
- Providing a single point of contact for requests made by the emergency services and the local authorities;
- Keeping people informed so they can help themselves;
- Ensuring as many vulnerable people as possible are contacted and assisted.
What we have done:
- Created a document which we can share with residents, setting out plans for action in an emergency;
- Identified local risks in our area;
- Created a Community Emergency Team from among the Parish Council, local bodies and volunteers;
- Considered who could be vulnerable and plan to make sure they are helped;
- Worked with local groups to get their views about how the Plan would work.
You will find a variety of useful details, along with the current Emergency Plan on this site.