The team coordinates the boroughs readiness and ability to respond to emergencies and support the community in the recovery from an emergency.
Emergencies happen all the time and are managed by the relevant emergency services, utility companies and the borough. There are some emergencies which require a more multi-agency response involving a wider range of responders including Highways England, Environment Agency and Public Health England these include:
- Severe weather such as wide spread flooding, extreme cold or extreme heat,
- infectious diseases such as flu,
- industrial accidents,
- terrorism acts.
In such incidents where a multi-agency response is required the borough will be involved.
The emergency planning services objectives are:
- ensure we deliver our statutory obligations under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004.
- assess the risks which could affect the borough and use this to inform the priority of planning and allocation of resources. Details of the community risk register can be found on : Thames Valley Local Resilience Forum website.
- ensure there are plans in place to allow the borough to respond effectively to support the communities affected.
- provide training and exercising opportunities to ensure staff understand their roles in an emergency.
- support individuals, businesses and communities so they can be better prepared and more self-reliant during emergencies.
In order to achieve these objectives we also work with a number of organisations who may also respond to an emergency. In particular we work in partnership with the other Berkshire Unitary Authorities and the Thames Valley Local Resilience Forum.