Emergencies

The Emergency Planning Team work to the Civil contingencies act, which was introduced following emergencies including fuel shortages, flooding and the Foot Mouth crisis, all of which highlighted the need for a more coordinated response between organisations.

What is an emergency?

The Civil Contingencies Act 2004 defines emergency as:

  • an event or situation which threatens serious damage to human welfare in a place in the UK;
  • the environment of a place in the UK; or
  • war or terrorism which threatens serious damage to the security of the UK.

Can an emergency affect you?

The chances of your family being caught up in an emergency are low but every family needs to plan for what might happen in the event of an emergency, such as a flood or a fire. A few minutes thinking about it now could make a big difference if an emergency happens.

See our Preparing for emergencies page

Emergency Control Centre

When a large emergency occurs, the Council may set up an Emergency Control Centre to provide a communications base from which to coordinate the Councils response to the emergency. The Council’s Emergency Control Centre will be in constant contact with other responding organisations, including the Police and Fire and Rescue Service, to ensure an effective response.

During an incident the Council will deploy an Officer to the scene of the incident to liaise with the emergency services and feed information back to the Emergency Control Centre as the incident progresses.

Partnership working

Calderdale Council’s Emergency Planning Team is a member of the West Yorkshire Resilience Forum, which was formed in 2004 following the publication of the Civil Contingencies Act (2004). The West Yorkshire Resilience Forum provides a basis to ensure organisations in West Yorkshire that respond to emergencies work very closely together, not just during emergencies, but also during the planning stage.

For more information: PDFWest Yorkshire Resilience Forum Annual Report 2015 [PDF 1215KB].