Meigle and Ardler Resilience Emergency Plan
Community resilience isn't about doing the job of the emergency services. It's about supporting your community and those in it by making sensible preparations and using the local skills, resources and knowledge that the community has in order to make our communities safer, more resilient and better able to prepare for, respond to and then recover from emergencies.
Meigle & Ardler community emergency plan has been developed in response to the most likely identified local issues such as fire, flooding, severe weather conditions (wind, rain, snow, ice), loss of power, or major local disruption to normal living conditions and safety of residents. The emergency plan also provides a framework upon which to respond to any other unspecified community emergencies.
Emergency Responders in the Tayside Local Resilience Partnership area (TLRP) use Community Resilience Groups (CRG) as part of a network of people who will take steps to help themselves and others in an emergency. CRG must be integral to emergency response so that they can be given timely information and in return, feedback valuable local information to the emergency services.
The first actions to take in an emergency are to follow instructions when the Emergency Plan is activated. Activation of the emergency plan will be by a verifiable call to the designated Coordinator by an Emergency Responder or member of the public before preparations begin. Once an incident command has been established CRG members and volunteers will be coordinated by the incident commander and maintain contact with all relevant parties to ensure that information is kept up to date and efforts are properly coordinated.
As part of our emergency plan, before we conduct any emergency activities, we must carry out a local risk assessment to identify all hazards and risks associated with any aspect of the emergency plan. This will include controls and procedures to manage any hazards to ensure the safety of residents and community volunteers.
If required, open and man the Emergency Rest Centre, organise help and arrange supplies necessary to support the community during the emergency. Ensure that local radio station is kept up to date with the situation. The Kinloch Memorial Hall Meigle is our designated Community Emergency Rest Centre; it must have facilities where people can go to keep safe and receive information and support in the event that homes have to be evacuated, or where a number of people require shelter or a 'place of safety' for a short period of time during the emergency.
In the first instance, it may be members of the local community who will have first-hand knowledge of an emergency incident. Where this is the case, the CRG should use all information and contacts available to initiate the Emergency Plan and communicate this with TLRP and emergency services.
Prepared emergency contact lists which include local skills/resources, residents with medical qualifications and experience etc. should be used to obtain local help & support. Community members with emergency services experience, local catering establishments & food suppliers, farmers and businesses from within the community may be called upon at short notice in the event of an emergency situation.
Locally held plant, machinery, tools, equipment may be needed if an emergency occurs. People in our community who are qualified, capable and willing to operate these tools and machinery may be called upon to help. This equipment and local resources list could also be added to the Community Asset Register so that emergency responders know that they exist and are available for use if required