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Part 1 - Community Response to Emergencies

Communities are full of skilled and resourceful people, businesses, groups, and facilities that could help solve many of the challenges that your community will face after an emergency. 

Community Emergency Hubs help facilitate people working together to solve problems locally while coordinating with councils on bigger problems. 

After a disaster, solve problems close to home first

  • Your first priority is to do what you can to make you and your households safe
  • If you can help other households or need help with yours, go out and check with your neighbours. Then if it is safe to do so, check the surrounding streets to see what can be done. Many problems can be solved at this level. 
  • Once you have checked on the people around you, go to your Hub. 

Then go to your local Community Emergency Hub

  • Other groups may also be organising in your area, and the official response may come in, if needed. Once your Hub is opened, work with those who come to make sure everyone in need is reached, the workload is shared, and the overall response is efficient and coordinated.
  • People working at the Hub have no legal powers to take resources from anyone or force anyone to do anything. All laws still apply in an emergency. 

Your local Emergency Operations Centre will support your activities

  • If there is help that your community needs your first step will be to come together as a Hub to try address this problem. If it cannot be addressed at a community level, communicate your need to your local council. They may have the ability to offer further assistance, advice or resources. 

Community Resilience Plans

Some of our communities have worked together to identify the local resources they have available to try to solve these challenges. You can see whether your community has done some planning by checking out the Community Resilience Plans in our Ready Communities section.
 
In communities that have not yet been through that planning process, these are prompts and questions that may help you find solutions. If you would like to help with identifying the resources of your community, contact us.

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