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What is community resilience?

Community resilience is about communities and individuals harnessing local resources and expertise to help themselves in an emergency, in a way that complements the response of the emergency services.

Why is community resilience important?

The Cabinet Office leads a programme of work to help build and enhance community resilience across the UK. Find out more about the Community Resilience work programme.

Public consultation on Community Resilience guidance

1 July 2010

In March 2010, we launched a public consultation on a package of draft documents about community resilience. The consultation documents included draft guidance for individuals and communities on how to prepare for emergencies and a draft strategic national framework for community resilience, which set out the Government’s contribution to build and enhance community resilience across the UK.

The documents were produced as a result of work with a range of stakeholder groups since November 2008. These included members of the public, local and national voluntary agencies, businesses, emergency responders and government departments.

The consultation closed on 1 July 2010. We aim to publish the Government response to the consultation and finalised documents in Autumn 2010.

We would still welcome your views on the draft documents below, and welcome feedback from individuals and communities who have used the documents or created their own. Please note that comments received after 1 July may not be considered as part of the formal consultation response.

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Please note that these documents are in draft form and will be updated as a result of the consultation. Updated versions will be published on these pages.

If you have any comments or queries about the draft documents, or community resilience in general, please contact us

by email:

by phone: 020 7276 5295/4

You can also use the ‘Have your say’ discussion to tell us what you think of the documents if you do not wish to submit a formal response.

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