Devon Community Resilience Forum

Course Category:
Community Development

Book now on the next Devon Community Resilience Event for Parish and Town Councillors and/or Community Response Team members, flood wardens etc. 

PLEASE NOTE, Generally two places per parish for parish council members and/or others interested in helping to prepare and operate a resilience plan in their community. If further spaces are needed by you or you would like to be a stall holder at this event then please contact us direct by email or phone 01392 248919. 

There are speakers from a range of organisations, including ‘Public Weather Forecasting’ from Penny Tranter of the Met Office; ‘Blue Light; First on the scene’ from Devon and Cornwall Police; and a community case study from Lapford. Workshops include ‘Getting local buy – in for the need for community resilience’ and ‘’Safeguarding’ – factors to consider when planning and managing an emergency’. All the sessions are designed to provide people with the knowledge, skills and confidence to respond to a community emergency such as extreme weather or a major accident safely and efficiently.

There will also plenty of advice about developing and completing Community Emergency Plans, which are documents that may be accessed by the emergency services and provide vital local information.

To book a place on the event simply email Devon Communities Together at info@devoncommunities.org.uk confirming attendee details, their email address and as lunch and refreshments will be provided, any special dietary requirements you would like to make us aware of.

Full Schedule:

09:30: Registration opens - Refreshments and networking

09.55: Welcome from Elaine Cook, CEO of Devon Communities Together

10.05: Key Note: Blue Light Service; Fire and rescue

10.15: Presentation; Met Office public weather forecasting/warning service delivered by Penny Tranter, Met Office

11.00 Presentation; Online flood reporting tool delivered by Jessica Bishop and Gemma Cater, Devon County
Council Flood and Coastal Risk Management Team

11.30: COFFEE

11.45: Presentation; 'Blue light, first on scene' delivered by Robin Curtis, Devon and Cornwall Police

12.15: Community Case Study Lapford's experience

12.30: Overview of DCT Support - what we can offer. Martin Rich, Devon Communities Together

12.45: British Red Cross Overview

13.00: LUNCH

13.40: Workshop Session 1

14.25: Workshop Session 2

Each workshop runs twice for 45 minutes to enable delegates to attend two of the three
workshops on offer. Delegates select and sign up for their workshop sessions on arrival.

Workshop sessions:
Getting local buy-in for the need for community resilience. Anne Harrison & Kate Pearson, D&S
Fire Service and The Environment Agency


Safeguarding - factors to consider when planning and managing an emergency. Mandy Davies,
D&S Fire & rescue service


Community Resilience – Working in Partnership facilitated by Simon Lewis, The British Red
Cross, and Richard Horne,The Topsham Emergency Planning Group

15.20: Closing remarks. Elaine Cook, CEO of Devon Communities Together