Response to civil emergencies

Pandemics and other civil emergencies: how faith communities might respond

In recent years there have been a number of scares involving major civil disasters, from bird flu to terrorism. Obviously we hope none of these will ever happen – but they might…

The UK Government has issued guidance for the role it would like Faith Communities to play in such situations. The FWBO sangha is of course part of this network of communities, and is kept up to date through its membership of the NBO.

A two-page ‘Executive Summary’ for Centre Managers is available here:
civil_resilience_summary_of_roles_for_faith_communities
and a One-page ‘Do and Don’t’ sheet here :
swine_flu_guidelines_may_2009

The full report, entitled ‘Key Communities, Key Resources: Engaging the capacity and capabilities of faith communities in Civil Resilience’, is available here:
www.communities.gov.uk/publications/communities/civilresilience.

A government pamphlet offering specific guidance for faith communituies in the event of a pandemic (eg bird flu) is available here:
www.communities.gov.uk/publications/communities/influenzapandemic.

The UK Govt contact for this and other related matters is

Sandra Stanley| Faith Engagement Team| Cohesion and Faiths Division| Communities and Local Government| Zone H10, 7th Floor, Eland House, Bressenden Place, London, SW1E 5DU | 0207 944 6562

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