After an Emergency
If you refer to the opening page of this Section, Help Your
Community, you will see a reference to the Community
Resilience Programme, you can get guidance from this on how you
might help your community after any Emergency.
Severe weather or flooding events can have significant
effects on communities both environmentally and psychologically.
The need to come together and support each other in those type of
events is particularly important for the longer term
recovery. Be aware and keep an eye out for neighbours showing signs
of stress after such events and try to guide the to appropriate
Some agencies will continue to work in, be available to and
assist communities well after the actual incident has passed. Alert
them to any concerns you might have for yourself or for others.
If you yourself have been affected by the event you can look
to your local council for assistance. They will normally
establish a Humanitarian Assistance Service or Centre where you can
get advice on all aspects of the recovery and restoration
process from how to safely dispose of damaged goods
to insurance and accommodation advice.
You can promote these services to others affected in your
community who might need similar assistance or help
- vulnerable, disabled or hard to reach neighbours may not
readily access such support themselves so your assistance will help
them access the support available. You can also submit names and
contact details of such people to the Humanitarian Assistance
Service so they can make contact directly.
If you are able, you can help with the recovery and restoration
programme in assisting with clearance of debris or other materials
from your own and neighbours' property in a safe manner. Be
aware that some debris may be contaminated and you
should follow any guidance regarding the safe clearance of
materials which can be provided by the Council, Environment
Agency or other agencies involved. Clearing
up after Floods.
If you volunteer to assist with wider community clean-up
programmes the managing service will give you the necessary health
and safety advice and personal protective equipment to participate
Depending on the type and effects of the Emergency there may be
local fund raising activities established to support those
affected. There may also be local commemorative events and
activities organised to acknowledge the event and those
affected. It is your personal choice as to how you become involved
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