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    What is the Council's Role in an Emergency?

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    The Council's role in an emergency

    St Albans City and District Council as a local authority has particular responsibilities in emergencies in relation to the safety of structures; emergency shelter and re-housing; and environmental health issues.

    The 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

    Routine Non-Emergency Contact

    Our contact for routine and non-emergencies is Paul Blande, the Council’s Emergency Planning and Community Resilience Officer. He can be contacted during normal office hours by telephone: 01727 814612 or by email at or
    We also have a volunteer team. These are members of our staff who have volunteered to help in an incident, for example by staffing a rest centre, helping in the control centre, or supporting key officers at scene. All volunteers are provided with appropriate equipment for their role and take part in a training programme.

    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 (CRR) 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

    Resilience Matters

    Resilience Matters - Spring 2017 - The newsletter of the Herts Local Authority Resilience Partnership
    Date of last review: 31 January 2018