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Dealing with emergencies
An emergency can occur at any time of the day and at any location in the borough.
The Council has a legal duty to provide and maintain robust and resilient contingency plans so that it can assist the public to cope and manage with an emergency. These are referred to as our Major Emergency Plans and they are designed to enable the mobilisation of resources at short notice in response to an emergency.
The plans are guidance documents for staff who are responsible for implementing and managing the Council's response. They set out what action the Council will take, the roles and responsibilities of Council services, and how we will work with others to respond to a major emergency.
The Council's role at a major emergency includes:
- Providing support for the emergency services
- Providing care and support for the local and wider community
- Using resources to mitigate the effects of an emergency
- Leading the recovery
- Maintaining normal day-to-day services
But let's not forget that the public need to be prepared for emergencies that could affect them. ' It won't happen to me'. In recent years this well used phrase has proved inaccurate for many people. If this is what you really believe then do nothing. However, if you are not of that frame of mind why not think 'just in case'. The following pages on our website and links to other useful information will give you an idea of what you can do to be prepared now, just in case!.
Bexley Community Risks Provides a snapshot on some of the risks facing Bexley and some useful hints to manage them..
Advice For Businesses For anyone running a business, however big or small, advice on contingency planning.
Don't be scared, be prepared Why not prepare your own home emergency plan using our template.
- Emergency Planning Full details for Emergency Planning