Emergency Planning in Southend
What is Emergency Planning?
Major incidents requiring urgent action can strike suddenly, unexpectedly and anywhere. Many agencies have a part to play in dealing with these emergencies and their aftermath. Emergency Planning is the process where the Council prepares to deal with major emergencies and incidents and assist in the welfare and recovery of the community. The aim of Emergency Planning is to maintain appropriate arrangements and procedures that enable the council to respond to and manage major incidents.
How does Southend Council provide Emergency Planning?
The Civil Contingencies Act 2004 is the primary legislation that underpins the responses of the emergency services and other primary responders, including Southend Borough Council. The Emergency Planning Service coordinates the planning, training and exercising, activation and management of the councils responses to emergencies. The service works along side the emergency services, adjoining councils, voluntary agencies and many other varied responders who have a role to play, to ensure there is a coordinated and effective response.
Southend's Emergency Planning unit co-ordinates planning, training, and exercises, to ensure that in the event of a major emergency, we can:
- Provide support to the emergency services;
- Continue support and care for the local and wider community;
- Maintain normal services at an appropriate level to the unaffected part of the community
- Mitigate the effects of the emergency;
- Co-ordinate the response by organisations other than the emergency services;
- Take the lead role to facilitate the rehabilitation of the community and the restoration of the environment.
Who should I contact in an emergency?
You should always call the Emergency Services on 999.
How do I get further information on specific areas of Emergency Planning?
We are represented on the Essex Local Resilience Forum (LRF). The LRF has developed Joint Emergency Response Protocols to assist agencies in planning the response to major incidents. The LRF has also developed a Community Risk Register to assess the risks within the LRF area. This is used to prioritise multi-agency emergency planning and can be viewed on the Local Resilience Forum website.
An emergency control room and other necessary infrastructure is fully maintained and can be actioned at any time night or day.
We have plans to cover many of the standard emergency situations, such as flooding and pollution but the more general incidents are covered in a generic Major Incident Plan
Unfortunately no organisation could write plans to deal with all potential incidents and like every responding agency, we have to maintain a high degree of response flexibility.
Emergency Planning also promotes Business Continuity Management to the commercial sector and voluntary organisations.
For the Council's Out of Hours call out/Emergency Service contact 01702 215000.
The Emergency Planning Officer if necessary can then be contacted by the Call Centre.
Last updated: 13th September 2011
Further pages in Emergency Planning in Southend
- You are here Emergency Planning in Southend
- Emergencies - What to do and Preparing
- Emergency Support
- What Business can do to Prepare for an Emergency
- The Council's Emergency and Evacuation Plans
- Civil Contingencies Act
- Go in, Stay in, Tune in
- Who to contact in an emergency
- Other Useful Emergency websites
- New public information service for MOD Shoeburyness
General Enquiries & Out of Hours Service
Tel: 01702 215000