GRCC has a long history of supporting the communities in Gloucestershire to be resilient and prepared. Two of the key ways we provide support to communities are through Flood Warden schemes and guidance on Community Emergency Planning.

Flood Warden Schemes

GRCC recruits, supports and manages over 60 volunteer Flood Wardens across the county on behalf of Local Authorities. The first scheme was launched in the Tewkesbury Borough in 2014, followed by Cotswold District in 2021 and more to follow in 2022.

Flood Wardens play a key role, working with their local parish or town council to help their community prepare for, respond to and recover from flooding.  Flood Wardens are volunteers who help ensure flood warning messages reach the local community and are then acted upon. They act as the “eyes and ears” by updating relevant bodies about the situation on the ground.

GRCC provides dedicated support to Flood Wardens as well as working closely with key agencies including local authorities, the Environment Agency and water companies.

Community Emergency Planning

Following the 2007 floods GRCC worked with partners to create a Community Emergency Planning toolkit.  A Community Emergency Plan is a document setting out what you will do in an emergency before statutory authorities and Emergency Services arrive on the scene, to support them in tackling the emergency, and to deal with the aftermath.

You can find more information on Community Emergency Planning and the toolkit GRCC has designed on our dedicated page here.

If you would like to find out whether there is a scheme in your area please contact