An Introduction to community resilience in emergencies

Scotland is a relatively safe country, but we regularly experience emergencies and disruption caused by issues like severe winter weather and flooding, and from issues such as fuel shortages, animal diseases, and pandemic viruses.

Challenges like these can affect us all in our daily lives, but when communities organise themselves to prepare for emergencies, it can make a big difference.

There are over 300 community emergency groups (Emergency Responders) around Scotland and many more community groups have come together to support residents through recent coronavirus challenges.

Voluntary sector groups regularly work alongside the emergency responders. Both say that this works best where they have an established relationship and don’t have to start from scratch when an emergency occurs. It helps that they know who to talk to and have planned in advance what to do.

At the heart of how communities get through emergencies is down to their “resilience” – this means using their strengths to; prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies.

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