Preparing for emergencies
The council is responsible for ensuring that its own business can continue to operate during an emergency. Likewise, we also encourage local businesses to have business continuity plans.
Working with other authorities
Bracknell Forest’s emergency planning team is responsible for complying with the Civil Contingencies Act 2004. Along with other organisations we identify potential risks within Bracknell Forest. We prepare for emergencies by liaising across the council and preparing plans. We check with other agencies, such as the emergency services, and our neighbouring councils to make sure that all of our plans fit well together.
Working in partnership
We also work in strong partnership with others such as the Environment Agency, other local councils and utility companies. We organise exercises and seminars to make sure that staff at the council and partner agencies are up to date with current emergency plans and are ready to respond.
We practise using the emergency plans to ensure that they are practical and reflect what is likely to happen if a real emergency occurs. By working together, planning together and exercising together we form a strong alliance. Being aware of how another agency works, and the responsibilities that they have, are key to working together.
This type of planning is no different to a household ensuring that they have an escape route in the event of a fire, or having a plan for flooding. It is just on a much larger scale involving many different agencies.
After an incident
After an incident, the council will be the lead agency in the recovery process. The amount of time that it will take to recover from a major incident will be proportional to the scale of any damage to the community. Incidents such as flooding, which can cause widespread devastation for the community, could take many months to recover and the council’s recovery plan covers such scenarios.
Guidance by GOV.UK helps people, businesses and communities to identify and prepare for the hazards and threats that may disrupt their lives.