Devon Community Resilience Forum

1st April 2018 - 31st March 2023

Devon Community resilience forum live event 23 may in north devon

We are very excited to announce the first in-person Devon Community Resilience Forum event for 2 years. The event is an opportunity for communities involved in Resilience planning to celebrate the successes of the last few years, increase their learning about what to do in flooding and other emergencies and network with like-minded people.

We are looking forward to welcoming communities from around Devon to Filleigh village hall in North Devon, on Monday 23rd May, from 9.30-4pm. There will be plenty of opportunities for networking, finding out about Resilience work in Devon and trying out products, as well as indulging in a tasty buffet lunch made with ingredients almost entirely from local suppliers.  We are also planning on recording sessions for anyone who is unable to come to the venue on the day.

The programme will include information about the flooding solutions being developed as part of the Flood and Coastal Resilience Innovation Programme, training for Flood Wardens, grant application tips, how to get involved in the new South West Resilience Hub, behind the scenes at the Met Office during a severe weather incident, as well as stalls promoting local projects and resilience products to try out.

As part of the celebration of Devon’s resilience, we would like communities to identify one volunteer who has really made a difference during the challenging times of the last few years. They might have been instrumental in getting a community resilience group off the ground or gave their time to reach out to vulnerable members of the community during lockdown. Six volunteers will be chosen to receive an award at the event; to nominate someone from your community, send in a paragraph highlighting what the person has done that has really made a difference, accompanied by any photos, videos etc. A panel of Resilience Forum officers will choose the 6 volunteers who have gone above and beyond over the last few years, despite difficult circumstances.

One nominee will be chosen to receive a prize of £100 towards purchases for the local community for emergency planning – maybe some equipment or a team-building session for the community emergency response team?!

If you are nominating a volunteer for an award, please send a brief paragraph giving their name and some details about their work in the community particularly since the start of the pandemic, to

apply now for grant funding for 2022/23!

Apply now if:

  • You are preparing a community emergency plan or
  • You have recently submitted a community emergency plan and need practical help to implement it eg small scale works and equipment

click here to find out more about the available grants and to apply

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what is the devon community resilience forum?

Devon Community Resilience Forum supports communities to develop their community emergency plan; a document that guides community response in an emergency and helps communities to prepare. Community emergency plans are also uploaded to a secure website where they can be viewed by the emergency services, if there is an emergency in your community they will be able to view your plan and understand how the community may already be responding, where there is high risk, and what resources the community has.

Alongside supporting plan development we run twice yearly forum events to help increase your local resilience and network with other communities (the spring/summer event will be in-person and the winter event online).

A Community Reserve Volunteer is anyone who wants to help their local community if a large incident should occur, but is perhaps unable to commit to regular volunteering. No specialist skills are required and the volunteers can decide whether to respond to an incident on a case-by-case basis.

apply here

  • Emergency Plans in Devon
    Have you completed yours? Take a look who has, then look at our help guides and templates to get yours started or finished.
  • Home Emergency Planning
    Are you prepared for flooding or another emergency event? Do you have a clear plan for your home and family?

9 Step Guide - Prepare, Respond, Recover


  1. Getting together and organising the work
  2. Knowing the unknowns
  3. Identifying skills and resources
  4. Legal Health Check
  5. Organising key facilities
  6. Keeping in touch
  7. Activating your emergency plan
  8. Taking control
  9. Testing your plan

click the map below to see Devon communities with up-to-date emergency plans

Map of Devon Communities with Emergency Plan