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Preparing, responding and recovering from emergencies

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The Government treats emergency planning and civil protection very seriously. This is reaffirmed by the Civil Contingencies Act 2004, legislation which all local authorities must comply with.

The role of the Civil Protection Team is to support the local authority as well as our communities to be prepared to respond to incidents that may affect Gloucestershire – from floods, fires and storms to explosions, power cuts and transport accidents

The team develops emergency response plans to respond to various emergencies and work closely with both County Council and District Councils to train response teams.

To ensure collaborative working with our multi-agency partners the team are an active member of Gloucestershire Local Resilience forum which provides the platform to be able to plan, train, respond and recover together for emergencies.

Every year businesses like yours suffer major disruption from a range of unplanned events and many never recover – but past experience from such incidents in the UK shows that organisations which have ‘business continuity’ arrangements in place are more likely to stay in business and recover more quickly than those that don’t.

Business continuity is about identifying risks which may interrupt the operation of your business and developing plans and arrangements to reduce those risks and ensure prompt recovery.  There are many formal definitions of business continuity but they all centre around:

  • assessing what might go wrong, and
  • planning to minimise disruption should the worst happen

Gloucestershire Prepared offers information about business continuity with links to a variety of useful websites and a business recovery toolkit.

Page updated: 05/07/2022 Page updated by: Gloucestershire County Council

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