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"Communities and individuals harnessing local resources and
expertise to help themselves in an emergency, in a way that
complements the response of the emergency services."
Civil Protection Lexicon (2010)
Community Resilience is about knowing who your community are and
being able to help and support each other in a common
Throughout history mankind has overcome adversity by acting
together whatever the threat. Even during quite innocuous events
such as a power cuts or storms, looking out for each other makes
good sense. It strengthens the bonds and links between your
community and has positive spin offs.
Community resilience is relevant today. Recently many local post
offices, shops and public houses have closed in rural areas. This
has cut the number of links between people. Increasingly we use the
internet to access information, goods and services. However, we
should always be prepared to fall back on our traditional support
Examples of Community Resilience are:
There are times when communities could find themselves isolated.
Severe weather springs to mind. Floods across the country have
demonstrated the need for communities to manage until outside help
arrives. At particular risk are the elderly and vulnerable.
Communities must be prepared to aid those less capable of aiding
The City of London Corporation will try to look after the
community, ensuring that the population receive the best care
possible. However, resources are finite and we should ensure they
reach those in most need, and that they are employed to maximum
effect. This requires the assistance of the community.
Community emergency planning is a vital element of