Lancashire County Council - Emergency Planning Service
Most emergencies are completely unpredictable. They can be caused by a variety of events including flooding, infectious diseases, industrial accidents, severe weather or intentional acts. When an emergency happens it can threaten public safety, public health, property, critical infrastructure such as transportation and telecommunications, the environment and the local economy.
By law organisations that have been identified with having a role in responding to an emergency are required to have arrangements in place so that resources and personnel are able to respond as quickly and effectively as possible. Lancashire County Council is identified as one of these organisations.
The Health, Safety and Resilience Service (Resilience Team), on behalf of Lancashire County Council, has to ensure there are plans in place for any emergency situation within Lancashire that could impact on its residents or on the delivery of county council services. The service makes sure that if and when an incident occurs, our response and recovery plans are ready to be put into action and any disruption is minimised.
The Resilience Team works with a large number of organisations who may be required to respond to an emergency to ensure that there is an appropriate level of preparedness in place to ensure an effective multi-agency response to deal with a full range of emergencies from localised incidents through to catastrophic emergencies.
To ensure Lancashire County Council has comprehensive, effective, and resilient arrangements in place to respond to and recover from emergencies that may impact on its services and/or on the citizens, businesses and environment of Lancashire.
- To ensure the County Council delivers its statutory obligations and duties under civil protection, and other relevant, legislation.
- To assess the risks of emergencies occurring and use this to inform contingency planning and allocating resources.
- To ensure there are plans in place to protect the population of Lancashire from infectious diseases outbreaks and major incidents and hazards that threaten health and wellbeing.
- To ensure that appropriate staff are identified, have the knowledge, expertise and training to enable them to respond effectively to emergencies.
- To develop and maintain a proficient emergency response group fully trained and prepared to deliver their function in support of the needs of individuals and communities affected by emergencies.
- To develop resilience with individuals and communities to be better prepared and more self-reliant during emergencies.