Most emergencies can be dealt with by the emergency services – police, fire and rescue and ambulance.
However, some emergencies are so large, have such an impact or are so long-running that other organisations such as Stratford-on-Avon District Council need to be involved in the response; for example, widespread flooding or flash flooding, major transport accidents, animal health diseases and major fires.
These major emergencies are rare, but it is important that we are prepared for them. The council's response to such events tries to sure that the disruption caused to residents would be kept to a minimum if the worst ever happened. Some of our main roles include:
The council's work in this area is governed by legislation – the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 (CCA). An emergency as defined by the CCA is:
“An event or situation which threatens serious damage to human welfare in a place in the UK, the environment of a place in the UK, or war or terrorism which threatens serious damage to the security of the UK. “
The CCA requires Stratford-on-Avon District Council to undertake seven duties. These are:
Please also see the guidance document Preparing for Emergencies in Warwickshire.