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Community Emergency Planning is about people understanding local risks and knowing what resources they have available to help minimise the impact of an emergency on their community. Emergencies can take many forms, from house fires through to flooding or widespread power outages.

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.

Across Suffolk there are many community groups, towns, parishes, and wards who have produced a plan making their community better prepared to respond and recover from incidents that may happen in their area.

County, district, and borough councils all have Emergency Planning Officers who together plan and prepare for emergencies in their areas and can support communities to prepare their own emergency plans.


Check to see if there is already a Community Emergency Plan for your area


How can you prepare your community?

If you would like to create a Community Emergency Plan have a look at the Community Emergency Planning Map above first to see if your local area already has a plan. Communities with plans in place are highlighted green.

If there isn’t one follow the steps below:

  • Step 1

    Liaise with your local Emergency Planning Officer from the Suffolk Joint Emergency Planning Unit, who can support you with preparing your Community Emergency Plan. The Emergency Planning Officer will provide you with useful information and advice for creating your plan.

  • Step 2

    Set up a Community Emergency Planning Group and appoint a coordinator.

  • Step 3

    Identify local skills and resources available.

  • Step 4

    Work with others in your community to complete the plan.

  • Step 5

    Once your plan is complete, please ensure that your local Emergency Planning Officer has a copy as well as anyone else in the community who needs one.

  • Step 6

    Review your plan on an annual basis and, if necessary, update and redistribute it.

What training do we offer?

We offer a number of workshops and training sessions for anyone who is actively involved in Community Emergency Planning Groups. It’s not just for key committee members but is open to all those who would like to help in the event of an incident occurring.

Our Rest Centre training provides an understanding of how these are activated and operated to help people who are new to volunteering at Rest Centres. The subjects covered in this training include:

  • Types of Rest Centres.
  • Activation of a Rest Centre.
  • Rest Centre staffing.
  • Roles and responsibilities.
  • Registration of evacuees.
  • Processes for feeding and emergency bedding.

Rest Centre training also gives candidates the opportunity to gain experience in the setting up and functions of a Rest Centre in an operational environment.

We try to have members from several Community Emergency Planning Groups at these training sessions so they can share their experience or concerns.

Please see the Events page for more information on the training available.

Get Prepared