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?

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