Emergencies could happen anywhere, at any time. however, the likelihood of being caught up in one is low but incidents which could affect Ashfield as a district include severe weather, major road traffic incidents, industrial accidents, disease outbreaks including flu pandemic, possible terrorist attack and flooding.
The Civil Contingencies Act 2004 requires Local Authorities to work in co-operation with other services to formulate general and specific plans to enable them to respond to crises arising from risks identified within their area.
To prepare for an incident / emergency situation, Ashfield District Council
- Considers the potential risk of an emergency occurring
- Prepares emergency plans to address these risks and reviews them regularly to ensure their suitability and relevance
- Identifies, with its partners, roles and responsibilities to be assumed in the event of responding to an incident / emergency
- Identifies its’ critical functions – those which, if not maintained, will cause hardship for residents – and puts Business Continuity(insert link to Business Continuity page) plans in place to maintain these functions in the event of an incident / emergency
- Identifies and prepares methods of communicating warnings and other information to its residents in the event of an incident / emergency
- Has a responsibility to share information and cooperate with other responders e.g. Emergency Services, utility companies
- Will provide Business Continuity information to businesses and voluntary groups
- Provide its officers with the training necessary to operate under emergency conditions
This planning process is undertaken through close working with the Emergency Services, utility companies, agencies and voluntary organisations. Working together, these bodies are co-ordinated by the Local Resilience Forum