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Community Resilience

UK Government have produced a number of useful guidance documents to enable individuals, communities and organisations to be more resilient and support one another.

These are a series of online resources which have been developed to enable individuals, communities and the organisations that support them to take part in emergency preparedness activities, in a way that complements the work of emergency responders.

The Met Office have also produced some useful information on how communities can be better prepared for extreme weather events


FOLLOWING the horrific fire at Grenfell Tower in London and in direct response to the concerns of residents in similar buildings in Greater Manchester, the Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham has set up a housing taskforce, which is being led by Salford City Mayor Councillor Paul Dennett and supported by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS).

FOLLOWING the horrific fire at Grenfell Tower in London and in direct response to the concerns of residents in similar buildings in Greater Manchester, the Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham has set up a housing taskforce, which is being led by Salford City Mayor Councillor Paul Dennett and supported by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS). 

The taskforce includes landlords of tower blocks across the city region in both private and public ownership, as well as representatives from every local authority in Greater Manchester and other specialist officers who can offer support to ensure every high rise is safe and receives the right fire safety advice. 

Specialist officers from GMFRS have already carried out visits to identify any immediate issues which give cause for concern and have carried out a major joint inspection, alongside housing providers, in every building where the cladding has failed the Building Research Establishment tests. 

Be reassured that landlords with any building where the cladding has failed the test have put in place significant measures to minimise the risk to residents in the event of a fire. These include evacuation plans and 24-hour security patrols in the buildings. 

If you have any concerns about the safety of your building you can email highrise@manchesterfire.gov.uk check www.manchesterfire.gov.uk for more information or ring 0800 555815.

CitizenAID

CitizenAID is a fantastic new phone application that has been developed by UK civilian and military clinicians to help improve community resilience, free of charge. It is designed to guide the public to react safely, to pass the right information to the emergency services, to prioritise the injured and to give life-saving first aid to help save lives in the event of a major emergency, such as a terrorist attack. Find out more at citizenaid.org