The primary aim of Local Authority Emergency Planning is to achieve an effective response to all major incidents and emergency situations regardless of their cause;

To achieve that primary aim we:
  • Ensure we have planned and prepared an organised and practical response by the Borough Council.
  • Effectively contribute to the combined response of all the emergency services and other agencies.
  • Have plans that are sufficiently flexible to deal with a range of situations that may increase in significance, duration and complexity.
  • Be able to respond to incidents that are outside the normal experience of the Borough Council.
The Borough Council probably is not the first organisation you think of as having a role to play in an emergency, however since the introduction of the Civil Contingencies Act the Borough Council is classed as a Category One responder. This means that we have a responsibility not just to respond to emergencies but to plan and prepare in the event of an emergency. Whilst the Borough has been doing this for sometime it is now a formalised process replacing legislation previously brought in after the Second World War.

The following pages identify some of the hazards in the local area and the work that the council and its partners are doing to ensure that in the event of an incident the response and recovery is effective.
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