Resilience - Emergency Planning
What the Council Does
Many of us plan for emergencies in one way or another. We may give spare keys to neighbours; carry an emergency first aid kit, puncture repair kit, traffic warning triangle.
Central government, local authorities, emergency services, businesses and other organisations also plan for emergencies, but on a much larger scale.
Although the likelihood and risk of incidents occurring within Angus is low, it is essential that when they do occur the council is ready to respond, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The Council's Resilience Service, is responsible for assessing, preparing and planning the arrangements for responding to and recovering from a variety of emergencies and to ensure compliance with the Civil Contingencies Act 2004. They have plans in place to deal with specific identified risks as well as emergencies that may occur.
In the event of major incidents or emergencies the council can provide:
- Support and advice to people affected
- Shelter, food and basic personal items for those affected
- Facilities where advice and information can be obtained
- Facilities for friends and relatives of those affected
- Short term temporary accommodation for those made temporarily homeless
- Regular communication and updates on what is happening
- Work in support of the emergency services
- Traffic diversions
- Surveys of damaged buildings
- Advice on environmental and public health issues.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is emergency planning?
Although we live in a safe society, it is always sensible to prepare for the unexpected. Most people and organisations have insurance policies to protect them against the unfortunate events that can and do happen 'any time, anywhere'. Emergency plans are just sensible preparation for every eventuality.
Planning for emergencies ensures that the emergency services, local authorities and other responding organisations better communicate and coordinate their efforts, improving both the management at the scene and the post emergency or major incident disaster recovery process.
What is an emergency?
An "emergency" is defined as an event or situation that threatens serious damage to human welfare in a place in the UK, the environment of a place in the UK, or war or terrorism which threatens serious damage to the security of the UK.
What is a major incident?
A "major incident" is defined as any emergency situation that has the potential to cause major disruption to the community, affects large numbers of people, causes a substantial amount of damage to property and the environment and/or creates a strain on resources, which cannot be dealt with by the emergency services and local authorities as part of their normal day to day activities.
Who do we work with?
As a partner of the Tayside Strategic Co-ordinating Group (SCG) we work very closely with all council services, neighbouring councils and the emergency services, National Health Service, Scottish Environment Protection Agency and the Maritime & Coastguard Agency to prepare plans and develop emergency response procedures.
We also work closely with the Scottish Government, utilities including gas companies, telecommunications electrical, transport organisations, harbour and port authorities, Health & Safety Executive, voluntary sector such as the British Red Cross, WRVS, St Andrews First Aid, and other similar groups willing to assist during an emergency situation or disruption within the community.
Where can I find out additional information about incidents and emergencies?
To find out more, please use the links listed below:
- Travel advice - Foreign Commonwealth Office
- Business continuity advice
- Severe weather warnings from the Met Office
- Flood warnings from Scottish Environmental Protection Angency
- UK Resilience
- Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI)
- Preparing Scotland
- Ready Scotland
Who do I contact for further information?
Chief Executive's Department
Orchardbank Business Park
Forfar DD8 1AX
Tel: ACCESSLine 0845 777 7752
Visit Angus Council's Emergency Planning section on this website.
Service Page: resilience.htm
Service Details Last Reviewed : 31 May 2013