CORONAVIRUS ( COVID 19)

Posted 11/03/2020 : By: Trevor Gurney

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) Briefing for Parish Councils

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a rapidly evolving global situation which has the potential to affect everyday life in communities across the UK.

 

With this in mind, we wanted to let you know what we’re doing, what you can do and where to get the latest information.

 

Parish Councils are a key communication link between our communities and the Council and 

during an emergency this link is even more valuable.

 

What were doing

 

Norfolk Resilience Forum (NRF) emergency planning

Broadland District Council and South Norfolk Councils’ Emergency Planners are working with multi-agency partners (including The Emergency Services, Public Health England, Norfolk County Council and all Norfolk District Councils) via the Norfolk Resilience Forum to plan and prepare for the possible impacts of Coronavirus.  

 

Business continuity across council services

Business Continuity Plans ensure that key services can carry on when an emergency happens.  These plans are regularly reviewed but all council BC plans and arrangements are being checked to make sure are ready for the possible impacts of Coronavirus.

 

During emergencies everyone has a role to play. What you can do

Individuals can play their part by making sure they follow government guidance on hand washing and self isolating if they have the virus.

Parish Councils can support communities by monitoring the local situation and working with partner agencies to report any problems.

Areas with community resilience plans in place should consider activating them if the current situation escalates.  These plans detail the skills and resources within a community and are a great way of utilising local resources to offer help to friends and neighbours in a co-ordinated way.

This might include, for example, taking shopping to a person who is self-isolating and lives alone.

If you are interested in creating a community resilience plan please contact the Emergency Planning Team at BDC and SNC who will be happy to send you a plan template.

For the latest information and guidance about Coronavirus please refer to the County Council’s website, www.norfolk.gov.uk