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Some leads on local resilience - Coventry, UK

I have two ideas about how to go forward with this mission objective. I thought I would write them up to encourage myself and harvest any ideas from my great readers.

1) Coventry University has courses in Disaster Management and Emergency planning in their Department of Geography, Environment and Disaster Planning. I wonder whether their staff and students have been involved in developing local development and emergency response plans?

2) I have heard that the established church, the Church of England, is involved in civic planning for major emergencies as a lead co-ordinator for Volunteers local areas. Because it's the official church there is one in every local area and usually involved in a lot of social work, it's a good way for the official emergency services to tap into a network of volunteers. I have met the local lay leaders at the Anglican church, St Stephen's, so I am going to make contact and find out how I can get involved.

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Comment by Sarah Shaw Tatoun on April 19, 2010 at 7:41am
I think every city also has its own disaster plan, with information on coordinating with local groups, etc. There's probably a committee with meetings open to the public. Often the disaster plans are posted on city web pages, though you may have to hunt around for them a bit. If not, you should be able to find out from city hall what the plans are and what standing committees meet.
Comment by Starling on April 19, 2010 at 9:13am
Thanks Sarah I will have a look round the city web pages. They should at least say who in the council has responsibility for managing disasters and how to get hold of them, right?

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