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Community emergency plan

What is a community emergency plan?

During a major wide area emergency it may be some time before responding organisations are able to offer assistance. By planning in advance your town or parish council could help coordinate local response activities. 

The community emergency plan (CEP) identifies local resources available and sets out a structure to follow in the response to an incident such as severe weather or flooding that might isolate the community.

We have produced further guidance and informative resources to help Town and Parish councils write their community emergency plan which includes the following:

  • Templates and checklists to help you build your own plan according to your requirements
  • Promotional posters and leaflets
  • A series of informative videos

If you want to write a community emergency plan you can view these resources on the Town and Parish Council page of the HEPS website:

Humber Emergency Planning Service (HEPS) - Town and Parish Council (external website)

Advice on Exercising, Testing and Reviewing your Community Emergency Plan

You can find links to resources on the HEPS website providing advice on testing and reviewing your Community Emergency Plan by following the link below:

Humber Emergency Planning Service (HEPS) - Testing / exercising video (external website) 

Read guidelines to reviewing your plan in the 'Guide to reviewing your Community Emergency Plan' document on the HEPS website:

Humber Emergency Planning Service (HEPS) - Town and Parish Council (external website)

If you would like a hard copy or a CD with all the information on please contact the emergency planning team:

Email: emergency.planning@eastriding.gov.uk

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Does my parish already have a community emergency plan?

A large number of parishes within the East Riding have written or are in the process of writing a plan, the map below shows which ones. The below pdf is a map of the areas which have or do not have community plans in place. 

Community emergency plan status (pdf 3mb opens in new window)

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My community is particularly at risk from flooding, can we write a flood plan?

The preparing for emergencies flooding page provides guidance aimed at communities in the case of a flooding incident. Information on how the council can help in cases of emergency flooding can be found on the drainage and flooding page of the website.

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My parish/town council has decided not to write a plan, what can we do as a smaller group?

Neighbourhood emergency plans

Following consultation with some communities it was felt that a plan on a smaller scale would be more suitable. We’ve produced a template aimed at Neighbourhood Watch groups and smaller community groups that could also help you in an emergency.

These resources can be found on the Neighbourhood Plan page of the HEPS website:

Humber Emergency Planning Service (HEPS) - Neighbourhood Plan (external website)

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