Before an Emergency
Consider volunteering for a local Voluntary or Community Group
This can be rewarding in itself and gives you a
way to use any particular skills or interests you might
have . Whether this is as a member of the Village Hall
Committee, member of the British Red Cross or some other past-time,
it gives you an opportunity to learn about your community and
develop other skills which might benefit your family and / or
community in the wider context.
From an Emergency Response view point, volunteers from
recognised organisations are more.likely to be used than "ad hoc"
volunteers as their background will be known to their Organisation
"managers" and skills recognised.
Some Voluntary organisations regularly work with the Emergency
Services in preparing and testing plans for emergency
responses so their personnel are known to the Emergency Services
and they are aware of the processes and procedures which might be
As work on Community
Resilience (see above) develops these relationships
will be expanded with the wider community.
In particular you might look at
Preparing for Emergencies : A Guide for Communities
Work is also being promoted through schools to develop