Introduction to Emergency Planning in Redcar and Cleveland
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.
Emergency Planning in Redcar and Cleveland.
In Redcar & Cleveland, Emergency Planning is a shared responsibility throughout the Council and its partners. It is part of everyone's duty to develop and be aware of the emergency plans and procedures.
As a Council we would support the Emergency Services during the life saving phase of an emergency and then take the lead during the return to normality.
Support Services to the emergency services and the wider community provided by Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council will depend on the specific situation but may include;
- Social Care
- Emergency Feeding
- Transportation of people and equipment
- Temporary Accommodation
- Emergency works and repairs
- Information and advice
The Borough Council contributes towards the Cleveland Emergency Planning Unit who provide an emergency planning service to the four Borough Councils of Middlesbrough, Stockton, Hartlepool and Redcar & Cleveland to ensure preparedness in the event of an incident. Through this arrangement a dedicated Emergency Planning Officer works with the borough to ensure that the response is coordinated across all departments and with outside organisations. An Emergency Planning Officer is on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The Cleveland Emergency Planning Unit
works in partnership with the Police, Fire Service, Ambulance Service, other agencies and voluntary organisations to promote resilience and an integrated team effort.