In order to cope with an emergency situation the Council creates plans, and provides training staff to minimise disruption to the borough's functions.

Along with partner agencies, the Resilience Team's tasks include:

  • assessing local risks
  • writing, testing and validating plans
  • training and exercising
  • sharing information and working together with partner agencies
  • warning and informing residents and businesses of risks
  • business continuity planning
  • promoting business continuity to the local community

The Council works with partners across the London and the Local Area in the Borough Resilience Forum.

Contingency Management Plan 2018

The Civil Contingencies Act 2004

Under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 as a local authority we have a statutory duty to have contingency plans in place to ensure the borough’s resources and staff are equipped to deal with a crisis situation effectively. In an emergency situation the Council will:

  • support the emergency services
  • support people affected by the incident
  • provide mutual aid to other responders
  • maintain normal council services
  • plan for medium and long term consequences and recovery from the incident

The type of assistance that can be offered is the provision of:

  • transportation
  • rest centres
  • examination of building structures
  • highway closures and diversion routes
  • site clearance
  • specialist equipment
  • welfare/support
  • environmental health services

Once the immediate life-threatening period has passed, the Council will play a major role in restoring normality to the area as quickly as possible.