We have responsibilities under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 (CCA) to ensure that the city is prepared and able to respond to any emergency within the area. Emergency planning is a part of resilience, which includes writing emergency plans and responding to incidents.
Emergency plans provide an efficient response to a major incident. The main plan is the Emergency Management Plan which is designed to provide a framework on which the council, as a Category One responder under the CCA, can respond to a range of emergencies which will vary in scale and nature.
The Hazards: Information and Advice leaflet has information about the risks to Peterborough and how to prepare for them.
The Community Risk Register outlines all of the risks that Peterborough and Cambridgeshire face. It is produced by the LRF and updated every 2 years.
The Civil Contingencies Act requires Category One responders (Peterborough City Council) to maintain plans to ensure that they can continue to exercise their functions in the event of an emergency so far as is reasonably practicable. The duty relates to all functions, not just their emergency response functions.
It is very beneficial for all businesses to have in place some arrangements for responding to an internal incident and recovering their business functions.
Further information about the business continuity process can be found in the Business Continuity: Information and Advice leaflet.
Please note: that Peterborough City Council do not write business continuity plans for individual businesses but can provide advice and support.
Emergencies are always going to happen wherever and whenever. Being prepared is the best way to minimise the risk of the emergency having a negative impact on your community. In some emergencies the local emergency responders have to prioritise who needs their help first. This means that if your life isn’t in immediate danger you may have to wait for their assistance.
A Community Emergency Plan can be completed by any community group who feels their community needs to be more prepared. There might already be informal procedures in place but this plan allows all ideas to be brought together in one document where everyone can contribute and are aware of these procedures.
For individuals who feel that their family needs to be more prepared there is also a Household Emergency Plan. This contains an Action Plan where you can outline the actions you would take in different emergency situations.