It is clear that for some major incidents the emergency services may not be at the scene for a period of time, plus if it is a widespread incident then their resources may be stretched and not able to get to all communities as quickly as may be wished. As a result communities are encouraged to have a local plan to help them support their own community during an emergency.
Communities could be based on Town or Parish geographic areas or smaller areas if it is felt it is needed due to a specific risk in the area.
More information can be found here: Cabinet Office - community resilience.
If you would like advice and guidance on starting a community plan please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.