Community Resilience

Introduction

Community If you’ve navigated to this page, that hopefully means you’re interested in Community Resilience, which we define as follows:

Community Resilience is about having local resources which enable you as a community to cope with an emergency for a short period of time. It is about identifying the risks and resources in terms of people, equipment and skills that are available and willing to help and then having a plan on how you as a community might deal with the emergency.

Other equally valid definitions are often used to express the key theme but in this forum we use the one above for consistency

In general a community that is prepared is better able to cope during and recover better after an emergency than those that are not.

Community Resilience can take a wide variety of forms across all communities with our aim being to help you move forward in a way that works best for you. Community Resilience is by its name a ‘team’ exercise, but the make-up of that team can take any form from a parish council run group to a volunteer group. You can pick what works best for you and your community, after all you know your community better than we do!

The simple steps you need to achieve to get on the Community Resilience Ladder are shown here, but you don’t need to stick to these, you can amend them to suit your local requirements

Although Community Resilience is led by Local Authorities (Councils), it’s a massive team effort and its actually much more of a collaboration (between Local Authorities, Police, Fire, the Environment Agency, Voluntary Agencies and many more). Just try Googling it, you’ll find many agencies are involved in many ways! If you have any further questions do not hesitate to get into contact with us:

Wiltshire: eprr@wiltshire.gov.uk

Swindon: nbancroft@swindon.gov.uk or tlunn@swindon.gov.uk

Wiltshire Prepared (27th and 28th October 2021)

Wiltshire Prepared

Towards the end of October we will be showing you the variety of options for Community Resilience. We aim to cover aspects for those groups already involved to those interested in first beginning their path. Alongside this we understand you won’t be interested in everything on offer over the course of 27th and 28th October so please click here to see our most up to date AGENDA and the joining instructions

Throughout the week we will be posting things on this page and our Twitter account @wiltsprepared so please keep checking back for new content.

Register your Interest

In due course we will be posting the links to the sessions below, but in the meantime we ask anybody (community’s, established groups and members of the public) to register your interest by emailing lisa.milton@environment-agency.gov.uk with your name and organisation/community area.

Keep checking back on this page as we update it with all the relevant information

Event Link

Please use the link below to join all events (except for those run by Community Prepared) This link will only become active at 9am on 27th October and will remain live until 17:00 on 28th October

Click here to join the meeting

Our Welcome Video

Flood Wardens

Flood wardens are a key part of Wiltshire and Swindon’s resilience against flooding and are a long standing example of how the community can work together alongside multi-agency partners to become better prepared to respond to emergency incidents.

Below are several key documents for those who are already flood wardens, however should you be interested in finding out more about what a flood warden does or are interested in joining please contact Renate or Lisa;

  • renate.malton@wiltshire.gov.uk
  • lisa.milton@environment-agency.gov.uk

Documents

Event Videos

Below will be a series of videos specially uploaded to the website for our Wiltshire Prepared week. These will be available for a limited time and are designed to compliment our online sessions on the 27th and 28th October

Risk

Check out the below video from both Wiltshire and Swindon Emergency Planners briefly explaining some of the risks we face in Wiltshire and how the community can help us to prepare and respond to them.

Ground Water Flooding

A short video from Wessex Water on how groundwater causes sewer flooding

Winter Awareness (SSEN)

SSEN Advice on how to prepare for a Power Cut

Building a Sandbag Wall

Ever wondered how to build a sandbag wall properly? Check out this quick video for some great hints and tips

Understanding Groundwater Flooding

Guy Parker talks about groundwater flooding, what is it, why it happens and how it affects communities and properties and what you can do to be prepared.

Natural Flood Management

Guide to Rural Resilience

A downloadable guide to help rural communities become more resilient in the face of emergencies.

FORT - Flood Online Reporting Tool

What is it, how to use it to report and record flooding in your community and how the information is used to help your community.

Environment Agency request to Flood Wardens to keep in contact

Request to flood wardens and CEVs to keep EA Flood Resilience Team updated with their contact details and why.

Flood Wardens and Community Emergency Volunteers and contact with Environment Agency Flood Warning Duty Officer

Request for Wardens and CEVs to keep their contact details up to date with EA Flood Resilience Team. Introduction to the role of the Flood Warning Duty Officer (FWDO) and why, how and when the FWDO might want to contact wardens/CEVs.