My Community

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In the last five years, Gwent has seen events such as heavy snow, flooding, utilities failures and fuel shortages. Our lead agencies are continually reviewing and planning for any risks, but so can any individual in the form of community resilience. The lives we lead are reliant on complex system in which we rely on each other and the infrastructure we live in on a day to day basis. Emergencies often cause destruction of property and infrastructure, and sometimes cause loss of life.

What is Community Resilience?

Community resilience is about neighbours and friends working together to use local resources and knowledge to help themselves during an emergency in a way that complements the work of the local emergency responders.

Local emergency responders will always have to prioritise those that are in greatest need during an emergency, especially where life is in danger. There will be times when you may be affected by an emergency but your life is not in immediate danger. By becoming more resilient, you and your community can reduce the impact of an emergency on your community both in the short and long term.

There are two types of community – one based on geographic location, such as neighbourhoods, villages, parishes and towns and another that recognises people who share a common interest regardless of where they live. These include faith groups, voluntary groups, local sports clubs or associations.

Simple activities like getting together to clear snow and ice from paths or offering a helping hand to neighbours who might become vulnerable in an emergency can make all the difference.

Effects of an Emergency

An emergency could cause:

  • Death or injury.
  • Loss or damage to homes, businesses and community buildings.
  • Isolation.
  • Large scale media focus.

Disruption of:

  • Road, rail, sea, or air transport networks.
  • Electricity, telephone, water or gas networks.
  • Supply of goods and services.

Community Risks Faced

Your community can suffer from a number of different risks. These include;

  • Environmental.
  • Infrastructure.
  • Social.

One of the key things which make your community more resilient is to encourage individuals and families to think about what they would do in the event of an emergency. This can further complement your community emergency plan.