Preparing, responding and recovering from emergencies
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.
Helping the community to support itself by sharing knowledge, skills and ideas. Many communities already help each other in time of need, but experience has shown that those who have spent a bit of time preparing a simple Community Emergency Plan are better able to cope and recover more quickly from emergencies. A Community Emergency Plan is an action plan that allows for a community to prepare for foreseeable emergencies, and support each other in response and recovery.
The Civil Protection Team has worked together with other Local Resilience Forum partners, to revise and update a community resilience toolkit which includes a simple plan template and guidance document for the communities of Gloucestershire who would like to produce their own Community Emergency Plan.
Further information is also available via the Government’s website and Gloucestershire Rural Community Council's website.
It is important to remember that you should NEVER do anything which puts you or anyone in your community at risk. If need be call the Emergency Services.