West Berkshire Council

Emergency Planning - Are you Ready?

Creating a plan to prepare for an emergency situation

Emergencies may affect individuals, parts of a community or they may affect a wider area. They can happen at any time, so it's important to be prepared.

Preparing for an emergency means that you work out in advance how you would respond to an emergency of any type. This means taking into account the needs of your family, your job or business and your part in your local community.  For instance, your preparations could include making sure you're able to go somewhere safe away from home if it's necessary, or that you know about plans in your community to keep people safe in the event of something that affects a wider area.

The emergency services and the council will always have to prioritise the people in greatest need during an emergency, especially where life is in danger. This means that individuals and communities may initially need to do things for themselves in order to cope with the situation.

Experience has shown that people who have spent time planning and preparing for this are better able to manage, and recover more quickly. 

Creating an emergency plan

As an individual or family
 The pdf icon Are You Ready? booklet [1Mb] provides some clear and practical advice to help you prepare for, and respond to, an emergency.
As a business
 For information regarding how you can prepare your business for an emergency, please visit the Business Continuity Advice webpage.
As a community
 A 'community' doesn't have to mean something formal like a recognised group or an organisation.  It can also mean a group of people who are linked by a common bond, shared interests or simply because they live close to one another.  It could mean you and your immediate neighbours, your street, your village or town, or even a group such as a football team, the Women's Institute (WI), a Parish/Town Council or school. We encourage all communities to think about what they'd do in an emergency and work out a plan. Your starting point is to consider which communities you belong to.  Once you've done this, we've produced a doc icon Community Emergency Plan Template [753kb] and adoc icon Community Emergency Plan Template Guide [459kb]  for communities to use to help them develop their own community plan.

Community Resilience Newsletter

Produced with other agencies and authorities in Berkshire, the pdf icon  explains how our communities can make plans to support each other during an incident.

The newsletter is circulated to parish and town councils twice a year, but we'll also publish the most up-to-date version on this page.

If you'd like to be added to the distribution list, please get in touch.

Once you've prepared your plan, send it to us and we'll review it with you  - you can also get in touch for more help, advice or more information.

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