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Preparing your community for an emergency

What can I do in my community?

Emergencies can affect people in different ways and even those who cope well in normal circumstances can struggle in an emergency. It's a good idea to think about any neighbours who may need a hand.

  • have the phone numbers handy of anyone you think might appreciate your help - and check on how they are doing
  • offer to lend a hand with grocery shopping or other essential tasks
  • if there is ice or snow, help clear it from pathways - ice can be just as difficult as snow for some people.

How can I volunteer?

You can also get involved by supporting one of the many voluntary organisations which work alongside the emergency services in planning for and responding to emergencies such as 4x4 Response, the British Red CrossRVS and the Scottish Ambulance Service's Community First Responders. These are just a few examples of groups that often have opportunities for volunteers but it's a good idea to find out which organisations operate in your area.