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Community resilience arrangements allow a community to take co-ordinated action to minimise damage and disruption to their community’s people and infrastructure. Arrangements can ensure that communities are better prepared to cope until the emergency responders arrive, which in turn allows Fife Council and other emergency responders to direct and dedicate scarce resources in an emergency more efficiently.
First, speak to people in your community. It is important to do this as any arrangements made will require a core group of people to take responsibility for the arrangements, support and raising awareness across the wider community. There are two ways you can do this:
Once a group has been established, consider the points below to get the ball rolling:
Your group should have a core team who will:
Now read on for more information about the types of arrangements that can be made. Please remember that the below information is guidance. It is up to your community to choose the most suitable option(s) and customise as you please – whatever works for your community!
Community Emergency Plan
A community emergency plan provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the risks to your community and support and encourage effective communication within communities, and between communities and responders. Find the Community Emergency Plan Template at the foot of this page.
You can either, include the following in a plan, or use certain sections to create your own version of a plan:
Guidance and resources
Information on the following is available at Ready Scotland ‘Get Involved’:
For information about the available psycho/social support for emergency responder volunteers, head to Lifelines Scotland.
What support can Fife Council provide?
Any arrangements a community puts in place to prepare their community and promote resilience are owned by the community, and so can be developed in any way that suits your community. Fife Council can offer a range of support for communities involved in this:
Please contact the Fife Council Emergency Resilience Team if you are interested in developing a Community Emergency Plan.