Community Emergency Plan and Community Emergency Response Team

A draft Community Emergency Plan has been drawn up by the Parish Council but this needs to be agreed by a community team.

The aim and objectives of this plan is to increase resilience within the local community through developing a robust co-ordinated approach that compliments the plans of responding agencies during an emergency/major incident.

Objectives

  • Identify the risks most likely to impact the community
  • Identify relevant steps to mitigate and respond to emergency situations, including warning the community as required
  • Identify vulnerable people / groups / establishments in the community
  • Identify community resources available to assist during an emergency
  • Provide key contact details for the CERT, Key Community Resources, the Emergency Services and Local Authorities
  • Provide information and assistance to the Emergency Services upon their arrival and as appropriate throughout the event

An emergency/major incident is any event or circumstance (happening with or without warning) that causes or threatens death or injury, disruption to the community, or damage to property or to the environment on such a scale that the effect cannot wholly be dealt with by the emergency services, local authorities and other organisations as part of their normal day-to day activities.

Although there is no statutory responsibilities for communities to plan for, respond to, or recover from emergencies, it is good practice to identify potential hazards and make simple plans on how they could respond to them.

This plan has been developed to provide resilience for the community in Deanshanger in the pre-event phase or early stages of an emergency.

The Deanshanger Community Emergency Response Team has been formed to assist the activation of this plan and to assist the emergency services wherever possible, prior to, during and after an emergency event.