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Community resilience

What is community resilience?

Community resilience is about communities and individuals harnessing local resources and expertise to help themselves in an emergency, in a way that complements the response of the emergency services.

Why is community resilience important?

  • Emergencies happen, preparing yourself and your family will make it easier to recover from the impacts of an emergency.
  • Being aware of the risks you might face, and who in your community might need your help, could make your community better prepared to cope with an emergency
  • Local emergency responders will always have to prioritise those in greatest need during an emergency, especially where life is in danger. During these times, you need to know how to help yourself and those around you

Where can you get further information on Community Resilience?

Nationally the Government has produced guidance for community groups where you can download various documents and a toolkit to help you produce your local community resilience plan.

For details see Resilience in society: infrastructure, communities and businesses - on the gov.uk website

You can also find more information on the Sussex Resilience Forum website - Community Resilience.

If you would like to discuss your community plan with the Councils, then please contact the Emergency Planning Officer.

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