About emergency planning
The one thing you can be sure of in an emergency is that it will be the last thing you expect. We recognise that there is a need for effective planning for civil emergencies. We need to ensure an efficient and speedy response to these incidents between all the possible agencies:
- the Police,
- Fire Brigade,
- Ambulance Service,
- the Council,
- utility providers, and
- voluntary agencies.
We work in partnership with Cumbria County Council Resilience Unit to prepare and plan for dealing with emergencies. We provide our staff with plans, procedures and information to enable them to improve the effects of any major emergency occurring. By doing this we help core services to continue to provide, as far as possible, their usual day-to-day services.
Our Emergency Plan sets out information and procedures to ensure a timely response to an emergency. This reduces to a minimum the distress and disruption caused by such an incident.
Role of elected members in an emergency
Dealing with an emergency
It is important to be ready to follow the instructions from the Police and other emergency services. Planning for an emergency is never easy. No-one can predict what might happen. It will almost certainly mean the Police, Fire Brigade and Ambulance Service are in the front line of a tough situation.
Although every incident is different, the emergency services operate in accordance with principles set out in the General Emergency Plan. These procedures are constantly being updated. We will mobilise, where appropriate, the necessary officers.
Public utilities, voluntary organisations and many businesses also have their own emergency plans. An emergency incident might mean evacuating an area. Temporary accommodation may be required. Reception Centres may need to be set up. Support may need to be provided. Information may need to be given to anxious relatives. Arranging all of this is the job of the emergency services, who we will support. See 'Emergencies' and 'Your Safety' section on Cumbria County Council's website.
Preparing for emergencies
See 'Be Prepared! 10 Steps to Complete your Community Emergency Plan' (PDF: 1.9Mb / 43 pages) on Cumbria County Council's website.
Radio and television - warning the public
In major emergency situations it may be necessary to issue warnings and advice to the public. Such messages would normally be broadcast on relevant radio and television channels. Remember to cater for power cuts. You should have a battery-operated radio. You should know how to tune into your local stations.
Local Radio Stations
Major hazard sites
Some industries are required by law to inform people living in the immediate vicinity of hazardous sites. Fortunately, there are currently no such sites in Eden District.