Support for Communities

Cornwall Community Flood Forum (CCFF) is funded by the Environment Agency via the Regional Flood and Coastal Committee to provide community resilience support for flooding. We do this primarily through working with town and parish councils and associated volunteer flood groups.

Cornwall currently has 21 volunteer flood groups. You can see them on the map below. These are groups of individuals who have come together to support their communities as required before, during and after flooding – sometimes working independently and sometimes alongside the emergency services as appropriate.

CCFF can provide the following activities that have been developed alongside our colleagues at Cornwall Council and the Environment Agency to support volunteer flood groups to stay safe and work effectively:

  • Flood risk assessment
  • Flood plan development
  • Flood Warden training and recruitment
  • Communication
  • Sourcing funding for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and community building Property Level Protection (PLP)
  • Testing the Flood Plan in a desktop and ‘live’ environment

CCFF is able, free of charge, to support 5 Cornish communities each year to work through these steps, which are known as the Community Preparedness Cycle. Click on each section of the Cycle below to find resources that will help you work through each of these – or just get in touch if you’d like our support: Molly.Flynn@cornwallrcc.org.uk

The Cycle works differently for every community but is always centred on the Community Flood Plan. It is important that this is an action plan – what a volunteer flood group will do if they thing flooding might happen – and not just a document sitting on a shelf! CCFF uses the Environment Agency’s template to work with communities. This is a step by step template that can be adapted to suit a particular community’s needs. You can download it here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/community-flood-plan-template

The link takes you to the Environment Agency’s web pages where you will find lots more information about community flood risk and how to prepare.

A Community Flood Plan can form an important part of a broader Community Emergency Plan. Communities who do not consider themselves to be particularly at risk from flooding may prefer to complete the Community Emergency Plan only. In either case, funding is available from Cornwall Council to help with this.

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