In an emergency situation, Somerset Civil Contingencies Unit will work with police, fire and ambulance services, other local authorities and many other public, private and voluntary organisations, to deal with the incident. Specific roles and responsibilities are outlined below:
Planning for an emergency is never easy, but whatever happens police, fire and ambulance services will be in the front line of a tough situation. So it is important, whatever the situation to be ready to follow the instructions from the police and other emergency services.
An emergency incident might mean evacuating an area and providing temporary accommodation.
Rest centres may need to be set up, food and blankets provided and information given to anxious relatives. Someone has to be ready to reunite families who may be parted in an emergency situation. The emergency services, supported by Somerset Civil Contingencies Unit and many other public, private and voluntary organisations, are responsible for this.
In an emergency situation local authorities are responsible for maintaining normal public services as far as possible, as well as assisting local residents in distress. In the initial stages of an emergency local authorities will act in support of the emergency services. After the immediate emergency response the emergency services may withdraw from the scene of the incident and local authorities may continue to assist the local population until the situation returns to normal.
Major incidents can have a negative impact on all organisations - public, private and voluntary. They can disrupt operations and affect profits. This is bad news for employees, shareholders, customers and communities.
The government's key advice to businesses and organisations is to ensure you have robust, flexible business continuity management that will ensure that the impact of any emergency on your business will be minimised, and should help your business recover quickly.
See Somerset County Council - Business Continuity Management for more information.
The following link provides more information about preparing for emergencies, including what you can do to prepare for major incidents and emergencies. Somerset local authorities civil contingencies partnership
Somerset County Council are the lead local authority for flooding issues. Please see below various resources which should assist with planning for an incident and also dealing with the aftermath. Further resources will be added in future.
The Environment Agency are piloting a flash flood alert service for Cheddar. Cheddar has been identified as one of 67 communities across the South West that are at risk of flash flooding due to their topography and proximity to fast flowing watercourses.