Before an Emergency
What can you do?
Refer to the Merseyside Community Risk Register to learn more about the potential risks that are specific for your neighbourhood.
You may be a member of a variety of communities; geographical (a street, neighbourhood, village); cultural; religious or social (sports club etc). Each community is full of existing networks and relationships; that are well placed to identify:
- who has key skills, knowledge, transport or equipment that could help;
- what building is available and who has the keys (eg village hall, church hall);
- communication links to ensure everyone’s contacted in an emergency;
- who could be vulnerable in a emergency;
- find out whether your community is within a flood risk area (use the Environment Agency website www.gov.uk/flood) and register to receive Floodline Warnings Direct or phone Floodline on 0845 988 1188 or 0345 988 1188 (visit the Flooding section for further details);
- what the highest priority needs are to respond to and recover from the emergency.
The Preparing for emergencies: guide for communities provides a framework for thinking about why and how you can help your community to be prepared, including:
- why you should be involved and be prepared;
- what you can do to make it happen in your community;
- what help is available from government to support community preparedness.
Why not consider putting together a Community Emergency Plan?