Emergency Planning

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.


Guidance and Information Documents

Kent Resilience Forum has prepared a useful document for you to use to make sure you have a plan for an emergency in your home.  Being prepared can help reduce the effects on your life and your loved-ones; reduce the need for support from others and enable you to support the vulnerable in the community.  Have a Household Emergency Plan.

Household Emergency Plan

Being prepared for an emergency can include a wide variety of details.

Use the link below to check what you should do and how to do it:

Preparing for an Emergency

Kent Resilience Forum encourages business to consider business continuity plan in the event of an emergency. 

Review the guidelines and suggestions:

Business Continuity Plans 

The Parish Council is keen to work with volunteers and those in the community who would be willing to help in the event of an emergency.  Your skills and experience would enhance the work carried out by the Council.

If you are interested to join the team, please complete the forms below and send them to the Clerk.

Horsmonden Parish Council Offer of Assistance and Privacy Notice Forms


Horsmonden Parish Council has worked in conjunction with Kent Resilience Forum to produce an emergency plan for the parish.

The Plan has been published and work continues to adapt and update it to meet local needs.

Here is a link to the current version:

Horsmonden Parish Council Emergency Plan May 2019