High Peak Borough Council is a Category 1 responder as defined in the Civil Contingencies Act 2004. Accordingly, this council works closely in Derbyshire with the Civil Contingencies Unit, emergency services, other local authorities, health authorities and various other organisations.
The requirements of the legislation cover such aspects as:
- Information Sharing
- Risk Assessments
- Emergency Planning
- Business Continuity Management
- Communicating with the Public
- Working with the Voluntary Sector
- Audit and Monitoring
Risk assessment is the first step in the emergency planning process. It enables response organisations to make plans that are sound and proportionate to the risks that exist in their local area.
In the Derbyshire area a multi-agency approach (under the guidance of a Local Resilience Forum) has been adopted for the risk assessment work that has been undertaken and this process has engaged a wide range of stakeholders and partner organisations.
'Preparing for Emergencies - What you need to know' has been developed jointly by Government and a wide range of experts to provide practical advice for the public on how to prepare and deal with emergencies. The booklet has not been produced in response to any specific or heightened threat to the UK but as a responsible exercise in ensuring the public is well informed in a sensible and helpful manner.
To help to identify if your home is at risk from flooding, the Environment Agency website offers you the opportunity to view a flood risk map of your area.
Environment Agency – Flooding
If you find that you may be at risk from flooding register with the Environment Agency for their Flood Warning Service either online or by phoning 0845 988 1188.
Last updated: 20th June 2012