Once you’ve got all of the main components of your plan in place, you need to decide how and when your plan will be put into action.

What triggers or signs will alert you to an emergency and help you decide when to activate your plan? Who will be responsible for monitoring them?

Take a look at Kingsbridge’s case study, the Community Emergency Plan Template and Community Emergency Plan Guidance for ideas.

On 3 January 2014, we received a coastal flood warning from the Environment Agency. We checked our tide table, which told us that the high tide would peak at 19:25. We know from local knowledge and previous experience, that flooding can happen one hour either side of the peak of the high tide. So, we emailed police, fire and rescue and our Community Response Team to ask them to meet at the quayside at 18:15, to monitor the onset of flooding and respond. With the police at our side, we could suggest which roads they might want to close, to prevent vehicles driving through floodwater and flooding properties with their bow waves. We made a polite plea for drivers and pedestrians to consider a different route. The floodwater subsided by 19:53 and the roads were reopened. The Community Response Team were stood down. One property flooded, but this could have been worse if vehicles drove along flooded roads, as their bow waves can exacerbate flooding. We recorded all of the details of the event in our incident log.

Kingsbridge Community Response Team



Getting together and organising the work
Knowing the unknowns
Identifying skills and resources
Legal Health Check
Organising key facilities
Keeping in touch
Activating your emergency plan
Taking control
Testing your plan