Community Resilience for Portishead and Clevedon

PUBLISHED: 13:45 19 June 2019 | UPDATED: 13:45 19 June 2019

Police officers and vans behind safety police line tape.

Police officers and vans behind safety police line tape.

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Rachel Nash, who recently took up the reins of 'community resilience' in Portishead, shares her thoughts on how people can use local knowledge and resources to help themselves.

Community resilience is about communities using local resources and knowledge to help themselves in an emergency in a way that complements the emergency services.

Community Resilience North Somerset is a community interest company, a social enterprise supporting a network of community minded volunteers, trained, prepared and resourced to improve the resilience of North Somerset.

Why do we need you?

Emergency responders have always known that community members are vital to understanding the vulnerabilities, strengths and capabilities of the community but until now they have lacked the platform to engage meaningfully.

This is your network, for the benefit of your community. Your local knowledge, enthusiasm and skills, in co-operations with partner agencies will make a real difference to your community when it needs you most.

How you can help

What we need are individuals who would like to lead or get involved with teams that cover the following areas:

Community Resilience Flood Team

To champion flood preparedness and coordinate any community emergency response with the emergency services and North Somerset Council, should a flood occur. Develop a detailed understanding of local risk, working with partner agencies to reduce those risks and to encourage and support the community to undertake flood mitigation measures.

Community Resilience Evacuation and Transport Team

This team champions preparedness within the local community and helps deliver a coordinated local response with the emergency services and North Somerset Council. This may involve moving people to a place of safety and working closely with the other teams to support their response.

Community Resilience Emergency Feeding Team

Championing preparedness within the local community and coordinating the provision of local emergency feeding in response to an emergency or other disruptive event.

Community Resilience Emergency Welfare and Shelter Team

Championing preparedness and coordinate the local welfare response with the emergency service and North Somerset Council, identifying the vulnerable and setting up and supporting reset centres for evacuees.

Community Resilience Safety Team

Championing safety across a range of initiatives and ensuring compliance with safe working practise during a local emergency response. Opportunities exist to work alongside police, fire services and other partner agencies in the delivery of local measure to reduce risk.

Community Resilience Snow Wardens (seasonal)

As a snow warden, you will monitor local weather conditions and grit bins and identify priority community areas to clear and grit when necessary.

Training and Support

We recognise that for the community volunteers and emergency responders to have confidence in the Community Resilience programme we need to provide a common structure and approach.

Standardised planning and training programmes give the emergency services and partner agencies assurance on the capabilities of communities and it gives the volunteers a structure that provides support and allows you to develop skills to increase the community's capabilities.

How to get involved or request further information

Contact the programme team by emailing info@communityresilience-ns.org.uk or calling 01934 426322

Local contact for Clevedon

Dave Brockington Tel: 01275 790233 Email: daveandjanb@blueonder.co.uk

Local contact for Portishead

Rachel Nash Tel: 07733 087505 Email: rachel_nash@ymail.com

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