How we prepare 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.
Bracknell Forest has various duties in relation to civil emergencies as set out in the Civil Contingencies Act 2004. Along with other organisations we identify potential risks within Bracknell Forest. We try to ensure we are able to respond to all eventualities by ensuring that services across the council are ready to work to prepared 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 work in partnership with organisations such as the Emergency Services, Health Environment Agency and utility companies. We set up and run training sessions to help 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 and test our plans to ensure that they are practical and reflect what is likely to happen if a real emergency occurs. By working, planning and exercising together we form strong alliances. Being aware of how other agencies work and the responsibilities that they have, are key to working together successfully.
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 and even years to recover. The council’s recovery plan covers such scenarios.