Renfrewshire Council

Prepare your community

In the event of an emergency, the resources and knowledge of local communities can be very helpful. 

The emergency services may be too busy to assist or possibly not able to reach the scene of an emergency immediately. In this instance, the initial response may depend on the local community.

This isn't about doing the job of the emergency services, but supporting your community and those in it by making preparations and using the skills and knowledge that the community has available.

What can you do in your community?

Emergencies affect people in different ways; they disrupt people's lives and can affect the way people cope. When living in a community, it is a good idea to think about the people in your surrounding area, such as neighbours.

You could:

  • Keep a list of phone numbers of vulnerable neighbours, relatives, etc.
  • Offer help with shopping or any other essential tasks.
  • If there is ice or snow, clear it from pathways.
  • Visit lonely neighbours and ensure that they are OK.
  • Teach younger people to help the older generation.


Community Risk Register

All work done by the community should be safe and appropriate. The Government does not expect the public to take unnecessary risks during an emergency.

Community Risk Register is designed to inform the general public of a range of potentially disruptive events to the local area based on current risk assessments.

The inclusion of a particular risk in the register does not necessarily indicate that it is expected that the risk will lead to an actual event or occurrence, or occur at the scale described.

You can access the community risk register from the Fire Scotland link: Fire Scotland: Community Risk Register

Community Resilience Plan

A Community Resilience Plan is a way for your community to come together to think about what it could do to be prepared for an emergency and to assist the emergency services should an emergency occur. 

The Civil Contingencies Service can provide advice and guidance for your community group to help with this.

Contact CCS on 0141 618 7402 or

For further information on personal and community resilience, visit the Ready Scotland website.


Facebook Safety Check

How It Works
If you're near a major crisis, you can tell Friends if you're safe and check to see if they're safe, too.

Check Notifications
If it looks like you may be near a major crisis, we'll ask if you're safe.

Say That You're Safe
If you're OK, click or tap the "I'm Safe" button to let friends and loved ones know straight away.

Check on Others
We'll let you know when friends say that they're safe. You can also check a list of friends who may be affected by the disaster.

Find out more: Facebook Safety check