Community resilience

Getting together with your local community to make an emergency plan is the most powerful way you can minimise the impact of an emergency situation on your own household.

Your community could be your neighbours and those that live near you, or it could be a local club or organisation you're part of, such as a sports club or religious group. Whoever your community is with, you should ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are you aware of the risks you and your community might face, e.g. flooding?
  • How can you help yourself and those around you during an emergency?
  • What can you do to get involved in emergency planning in your community?

Make a community emergency plan

By planning in advance, you will be better prepared to respond in an emergency and better equipped to recover in the long-term.

Simple community emergency plans identify:

  • a coordination/meeting point (e.g. village hall)
  • short-term safe refuge places for people displaced from their home
  • emergency volunteers
  • useful emergency equipment
  • vulnerable people in the community
  • useful emergency contacts.

You can start your own plan by using a template from Surrey County Council's website or find advice on creating a community flood plan from the Environment Agency.

Community groups

We work with the Environment Agency and Surrey County Council to prepare local communities to cope in times of emergency. We provide community groups with advice on how to create a community plan that works alongside the emergency services and responding agencies. We also hold events to bring community groups together to discuss their plans and share knowledge and experience.

If you are interested in setting up a community group, or already have a group and would like to know more, please contact us so we can update you on important news and events. We can also answer any questions you might have, or meet to discuss potential or existing plans.

Caroline Yormesor from Applied Resilience is the Community Resilience Lead for Runnymede Borough Council:

Register to volunteer during an emergency

It can be difficult to involve new volunteers in the midst of an emergency, but you can register your interest before an emergency arises, via Voluntary Support North Surrey.

Voluntary Support North Surrey will connect you with groups/agencies in your area who provide emergency assistance. You will be given details of the type of help needed in an incident and any training that will provided.