Derbyshire Emergency Services – Working with the Local Community for a Better and Safer Life

Accidents can always happen, and emergencies can range from road accidents and house fires, with consequences over a tiny range of victims, to flooding and power outages that can affect many thousands of people.

In case of any emergency there are two phone numbers available for anyone to call, free of charge, 24/7. Fake calls and pranks are against the law and being informed about what is an actual emergency can diminish the number of false requests, leaving the lines open for actual emergencies.

The local authorities in collaboration with the government are constantly preparing for emergencies, upgrading their tactics, equipment and response levels with the community members. Understanding the risks we are facing and how they could affect us can be of great aid when facing an emergency. Being prepared for the unfortunate situations that might occur, can definitely bring anyone a step forward and teach them how to deal with certain emergencies.

The Derbyshire Constabulary’s Community Safety Team at Force Headquarters meet regularly as a group at the ‘Local Resilience Forum’, analyzing the possible risks and planning for the emergencies that could affect the area.

The Local Resilience Forum publishes a Community Risk Register that is meant to inform the local community about the risks and how they might affect the community.

The government evaluates with regularity all the natural hazards and man-made threats that could affect the UK and publishes all the possible threats in a National Risk Register that is available for anyone to read on the official government site.

Government programs are in place to improve the response to emergencies that might affect the UK. They make sure that emergency responders at all levels can respond with accuracy and promptitude to any received request. They also ensure that essential services such as food, water, transport, health, and financial services, are still working and the basic needs are satisfied without any problems.

Anyone can read the National Security Strategy and Strategic Defense and Security Review on the Cabinet Office website. This sets out the government’s priorities.

There is also an army of officers specialized on counter-terrorism planning and this involves the inclusion and protection of thousands of people. Police and intelligence officers, local emergency responders, businesses, voluntary and community organizations and governments all work together across the UK, to provide a safe life for everyone.

Citizens are getting involved in the emergency programs to build a safer

Everyone is encouraged to get involved and to look out for risks in and around their homes and try to minimize the effects of any dangerous situation. A good start would be to identify all the elements that could cause a house fire or look at how to prevent accidents with household chemicals or tools. There are also ways you can check to see if your home is at risk of flooding.

Community resilience is about communities and individuals working together to use local resources and knowledge to deal with an emergency, in a way that works with emergency services.

Many communities come together in times of need. Those who have spent time planning and preparing are often better able to cope with, and recover more quickly from, national and local emergencies. Local voluntary organizations – for example, faith groups – may already have resilience plans in place.

You can ask your local council if anyone in your area has created a Community Emergency Plan. This is where volunteers from your local area may have put in place arrangements to support the work of local emergency responders. You can find out more about how to create a Community Emergency Plan from the Cabinet Office website.

You can also find information and tools for individuals, communities and voluntary organizations to prepare for emergencies and disasters on the British Red Cross website.

Anyone can get involved in their community by becoming a volunteer, hand in hand with the organizations that support both local and national emergency response.


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