Let's get prepared

We can prepare for some things in life, but can we plan for the unexpected?

We only need to remember the floods in Cumbria, in 2009, to see how our everyday lives can suddenly be disrupted.

Millions of pounds worth of damage and misery were caused for thousands of people. Emergencies happen, but we can plan ahead to help minimise the impact they have.

These web pages and the accompanying booklet explain how the Staffordshire Resilience Forum, a partnership made up of local councils, hospitals, emergency services, and the voluntary sector, works together to prepare for the unexpected. As a member of the community, you also have a key role in preparing yourself, your family, neighbourhood and friends for an emergency.

The reason this partnership exists and plans for these types of incidents is due to the Civil Contingencies Act which came into effect in 2004 to enable to the UK to be better prepared for the risks that we face. For more information on the Act please visit the Government Legislation website.

An emergency can come in all shapes and sizes and also is described in many ways, such as incident, major incident or even major emergency. They all mean the same thing and only the circumstances determines the level of response from our partners.

Take a minute now to read through this booklet to help you prepare. It could make a big difference to you and your family in an emergency.

The National Preparing for Emergencies Logo


The national preparing for emergencies logo stands for:

  • Information sharing
  • Emergency services
  • Go in
  • Stay in
  • Tune in
  • Administer First Aid.


 Communities Prepared


 The Communities Prepared website is a free resource to help you build the resilience of communities and groups you work with. 

You can use it to:

  •  See what community resilience activities other LRFs, local authorities and community groups are delivering across the UK.
  •  Look at case study examples, practical ideas/resources and find those tackling similar projects or challenges.
  •  Find information about preparing for common emergencies (flooding, winter preparedness, pandemic flu, - with more topics planned)
  •  Access community and business resilience research papers and government policy documents.