Protect Yourself and Your Community

Help Your Community


When an emergency occurs, it can affect the whole community. Community resilience is the ability of a community to prepare, respond to and recover from adverse situations by using local knowledge, resources and skills. This enables communities to act on the ground as soon as an emergency occurs and to begin a local response prior to the arrival of the emergency services.


Community Emergency Plans

  • These are plans that sit under your local Parish Council or community group which are put together by residents in your community (with the help of the Local Authority and the Environment Agency) that outline any local knowledge, local skills and resources within the community that may be useful during an emergency. The plans can also hold information to identify any vulnerable people living in the community.
  • Information has been collated to guide and help local communities plan for emergency situations
  • If you are interested in creating a community emergency plan, please email Durham County Council's Civil Contingencies Unit at

Link to Community 6 Step Guide:

Community Safety Award

  • This is an exciting award scheme which aims to educate and train young people to assist before, during and after an emergency. It was developed to give young people in the UK an opportunity to learn what to do in an emergency, such as severe weather, a pandemic or long term power cut. The award is open to young people in uniformed youth organisations across County Durham and Darlington between the ages of 10 and 18. 
  • If you are interested in signing your uniformed youth organisation up to the award scheme, please email Durham County Council's Civil Contingencies Unit at


Household Emergency Plan

  • It is a good idea to make an emergency plan for your household for you and your family to use in an emergency. You don’t need any specialist knowledge; it is all about you and your home.

Link to Household Emergency Plan:

Pack an Emergency Grab Bag

In an emergency, you may need to move quickly, so it’s important to have necessities at hand. Ideally, you should pack an easy-to-carry bag with essentials and store it in an accessible place. At the very least, you should make an up-to-date list of things to put into your ‘grab bag’.

The contents will vary depending on your needs but may include:

  • Essential/prescribed medication, plus asthma and respiratory aids
  • Hearing aids
  • Spectacles, contact lenses
  • Useful phone numbers
  • Mobile phone and charger
  • House and car keys
  • Money, credit cards
  • First aid kit
  • Basic toiletries e.g. toothbrush, toothpaste, sanitary products
  • Baby and small children supplies
  • Toys, books, activities
  • Food
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Spare clothing
  • Waterproof torch, spare batteries (check regularly) Consider a wind-up model.
  • Radio, spare batteries (check regularly) Consider a wind-up model.
  • Copies of insurance documents
  • Anti-bacterial hand wipes/gel
  • Pet supplies