In accordance with the Civil Contingencies Act 2004, the council is required to provide local arrangements for civil protection for emergencies.
It has an Emergency Plan in place to ensure that services can be delivered during any major incident which may pose a threat to the welfare of the community.
It is the role of the Council to support the emergency services in the case of a major incident. During an emergency, delegated officers are on call 24 hours and are responsible for coordinating the council's response.
What is Emergency Planning?
Emergency planning should aim where possible to prevent emergencies occurring and, when they do occur, good planning should reduce, control or mitigate the effects of the emergency.
It is a systematic, ongoing process which should evolve and develop as lessons are learnt and circumstances change
How do we know what to plan for?
Under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004, the West Mercia Local Resilience Forum (LRF) is required to assess local risks to our communities and publish this information within a Community Risk Register.
The West Mercia Local Resilience Forum (LRF) Community Risk Register is used to help public agencies prepare, validate and exercise contingency plans.
It allows the LRF to focus multi agency work on a rational basis of priority and need.
The Community Risk Register assists with identifying emerging issues and those where the risk or threat is increasing or decreasing.
It can also assist in identifying gaps in capability, and inform the planning process in respect of the scale of response that may be required.