Emergency planning

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St. Albans City and District Council has its own emergency plan that is flexible enough to deal with a variety of emergencies as well as being involved in the development of site specific plans.

In summary, the council’s emergency plan outlines:

• How the council will respond to an emergency;
• Plan activation;
• Roles and responsibilities;
• Welfare;
• Communications;
• Incident control centre procedures
• Resources
• Reception centre information, and
• How the Council will recover from an incident.

Across Hertfordshire there are a range of event specific plans covering issues such as: 

• Pandemic flu
• Aircraft accidents
• Mass fatalities
• Media and communication
• Flooding
• Care of people
• Recovery 

Local Resilience Forum

The St. Albans City and District Council actively contributes and participates in the county-wide multi-agency Local Resilience Forum known as Hertfordshire Resilience .

Hertfordshire Resilience is an emergency planning forum that involves the emergency services, local authorities, government agencies and the voluntary sector to provide an integrated response to emergencies. The forum provides opportunities to jointly assess risks, plan the emergency response, train and exercise together leading to an improved response.

Risk Information

Emergency planning involves a number of activities, the first of which aims to identify the risks. This risk assessment phase is necessary in order to prioritise for the latter planning stage. Risk assessment data is used to create a risk profile for the county presented in the form of a Community Risk Register. This has been supplemented at a district/borough level by a local level risk assessment.

The Hertfordshire Community Risk Register has been published on the Hertfordshire County Council website. To ensure continuity the CRR will be stored and updated centrally.

Once the risks have been identified, planning can begin. Planning provides the response framework and is an ongoing process which requires constant development as risk assessments highlight new or changing threats, and lessons are learnt through exercise or experience.
Types of risk that are of interest to local emergency planners:

• Transport infrastructure i.e. road and rail
• Areas with large numbers of people such as town centres and shopping centres
• Severe weather such as storms, snow and flooding
• Key sites

Date of last review: 24 February 2015