Emergency planning information

Emergency planning

We have created a plan which gives details of the actions we will take in an emergency. You can read the emergency plan for our district.

Defining an emergency

We use the Civil Contingencies Secretariat definition of an emergency. They define an emergency as:

  • an event or situation which threatens serious damage to human welfare
  • an event or situation which threatens serious damage to the environment
  • war or terrorism, which threatens serious damage to national security

An emergency is an incident of major significance with noticeable effects to a large number of people. An emergency carries a  potential risk to life, property and environment.

An emergency needs a response beyond the usual resources of:

  • the emergency services
  • local authorities
  • the NHS
  • organisations and departments that support them

An emergency can take the form of:

  • severe weather
  • industrial accidents
  • transport accidents
  • incidents such as power network failure, utilities failure
  • man-made incidents such as terrorism

The Civil Contingencies Act 2004

We have seven duties under the Act.

  1. Assess the risk of an incident occurring and apply contingency planning. We the risks at a local level into a Community Risk Register
  2. Put in place emergency plans
  3. Put in place internal business continuity management arrangements
  4. Put in place the arrangement of information available to the public on a warning and informing basis before, during and after an incident
  5. Share information with partner agencies to enhance coordination of response
  6. Cooperate with other responding agencies to enhance coordination and efficiency
  7. Provide advice and assistance to local businesses and voluntary organisations to develop business continuity management plans

Emergency Planning

Address: Causeway House
Bocking End
Braintree
Essex
CM7 9HB

Telephone: 01376 552525