An effective response to emergencies depends upon robust preparation. An informed and prepared community is a safer community!
Emergency services will always have to prioritise those in greatest need during an emergency, especially where life is in danger. Communities may therefore need to rely on their own resources to minimise the impact of an emergency, before the emergency services arrive. Emergencies can take many forms, from small house fires through to widespread loss of electricity or flooding.
Many communities already help each other in times of need, but experience shows that those who are prepared cope better during an emergency. Communities with local knowledge, enthusiasm and information are a great asset and a Community Emergency Plan can help.
As such Sutton-in-Craven Parish Council has taken the steps to become more prepared and has produced a plan in order to coordinate a local response to emergencies similar to the recent flooding that hit the village.
We are working closely with North Yorkshire County Council Emergency Planning, Craven District Council, Environment Agency and Local Blue Light Services to ensure a coordinated response is achieved.
The simple Community Emergency Plan is designed to identify:
- A coordination/meeting point.
- Short-term safe refuge places for people displaced from their homes.
- Emergency volunteers.
- Useful emergency equipment (including Sandbags)
- Vulnerable people in the community and support them.
- Useful emergency contacts.
During an emergency, the Sutton-in-Craven CEP will be activated with the team utilising local volunteers and resources whilst liaising with/working with emergency responders to support those at risk and vulnerable.
If you would like to be involved in the Community Emergency Team or register as a volunteer, please contact [email protected] or call Sutton-in-Craven Parish Council on 01535 633972.
During non-emergency times we will continue to monitor issues within our community which may result in incidents occurring and work with partners to try and alleviate such issues.
We all have a part to play and being prepared for the unexpected can help reduce the impact an event has on us individually and as a community.
Take some time to visit www.emergencynorthyorks.gov.uk here you can find lots of tips & information to prepare you, your family and your business for emergencies and to be kept informed during localised events.
Important Note: This scheme is not intended to replace the response that would normally be provided by the emergency services and local authority. If there is an immediate threat to life always call the emergency services first.