Emergencies can take many forms, from small house fires through to widespread loss of electricity or flooding. But all can significantly disrupt our daily lives and whilst we can't always prevent them happening, we can plan ahead to minimise the impact.

The 'Are you prepared?' booklet explains how we can prepare for the unexpected as well as the measures you can take to help keep you and your family safe. We've also produced a helpful checklist which outlines simple steps to help you prepare. A few minutes thinking about it now could make a big difference to the outcome for you and your family

Planning in your community

Experience also shows that communities who are prepared for these situations, cope better. Local knowledge, enthusiasm and the right information are a great asset, so a community emergency plan can help residents. Download our community plan form and guidance.

Since emergency services prioritise those in greatest need during an emergency (especially if life is in danger), communities can use their own resources to minimise the impact of an emergency, before the emergency services arrive.

Simple community emergency plans are designed to identify:

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

Further information

For more information and assistance on creating an emergency plan, visit the North Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum.

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