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.
Emergencies can happen to anyone, anywhere at any time. Some may be caused by natural events, such as weather conditions. Others, unfortunately, may be caused by human action. This is why it is important to be prepared for such events. The North Worcestershire District Councils have developed a number of generic emergency plans that we will use to co-ordinate resources and respond to emergencies affecting the North Worcestershire area. Our Emergency Planning staff are trained and able to respond promptly and effectively to a major incident.
Emergency Planning Process
Emergency planning is a systematic and ongoing process, preparing organisations,such as district councils for the response to, and recovery from emergencies.
It is usual to view emergency planning as part of a cycle of activities. It starts with establishing a risk profile to determine what should be the priorities for developing plans, and ends with review and revision which then restarts the whole cycle (see diagram). Plans will be amended as a result of new guidance, lessons learnt from exercises or emergencies or a lowering of the risk for which they were developed.