There has been much coverage over the last few years of emergencies and major incidents, some of which have occurred in the UK, for example the London Bombings in July 2005, the explosion at Buncefield Oil Depot in December 2005 and the severe weather in 2007, 2012 and the winter storms of 2013/14. Not many people are aware, however, that the national approach to planning for such major incidents changed in 2004 with the introduction of The Civil Contingencies Act (CCA).
Councils have a significant role to play in the response to emergencies, and Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, as a Category 1 Responder under the CCA, takes its responsibilities very seriously. The Council works closely with partners to ensure that a response is as co-ordinated as possible and that the best interests of the community are served during an emergency.
For more information about the Civil Contingencies Act, visit Gov.UK (External Link).
Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council is part of Staffordshire Resilience Forum (SRF), bringing together all the emergency responders in the county. For more information about how civil contingencies works in Staffordshire and for information about current incidents and threats, visit Staffordshire Prepared (External Link). You can also find out more about how you can be more prepared for emergencies on this website.
Last updated 2 June 2017