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Community Emergency Planning

Community Resilience Plans

The purpose of creating Community Resilience Plans (CRP) is to increase the readiness and resilience within local communities.

In nearly all cases, emergencies are dealt with by the emergency services, local authorities and the major utilities. However, there may be circumstances, such as extensive flooding, heavy snow or severe storm damage where the arrival of the emergency services could be delayed or stretched to capacity, or when essential utilities and highways access may be compromised. When this happens, communities can really benefit from some local planning to help themselves during these types of events.

To help parish councils and community groups understand what they need to do, the Kent Resilience Forum (KRF) has provided a document template to use and guidance notes designed to act as a step-by-step self help guide to developing a plan. It covers the whole range of requirements that could help your community in an emergency, such as identifying the local risks and issues, the local people and resources who could assist, and how to manage the response.

You can download the following documents to create your plan:

Community Risks

To help write a plan for your community or parish area, it is important to understand the risks that may affect your area. The Ashford Community Risk Register [pdf] 238KB can be downloaded to help you think about what risks we have across our borough and define which of these may need to be considered for your local community. For example, is your community in a high flood risk area?

Further help and guidance

These templates along with further help and guidance can be found by visiting Kent Prepared - Building Community Resilience.

Local communities and Parish Councils may also sign up to free virtual training dates supported by Kent Prepared to help them complete plans. This is run by Communities Prepared.

Working Together

It is so important to us as a Local Authority to work closely with all our local communities, especially when an emergency situation occurs. If you are involved in a parish or town council and would like help getting started with completing a Community Resilience plan, need some specific details for your plan or just want to get in touch and let us know you have one, please contact our Emergency Planning Team via 01233 331111 or email us directly at emergency.planning@ashford.gov.uk

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