Here you will find information on how we deal with civil emergencies.
Risk assessment is a key first step in planning and preparing for emergencies. The updated Community Risk Register was published in November 2016.
Some businesses, which store or process hazardous substances, are required by law to inform people who live nearby of the risks associated with hazardous sites.
This requirement currently applies to the following site:
Campact Ltd, (within EGGER UK site), Anick Grange Road, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 4JS.
If you live in the immediate vicinity of the above site you should have received an information card from the company. Make sure that you and everyone who lives in your property understand the information and advice, so you can take the appropriate action if an accident happens. If you have not received their information card, contact the company.
Natural gas pipeline system
The operator for the notified major accident hazard pipelines in this area is Northern Gas Networks (NGN). For more information and guidance on natural gas emergencies, click here.
Providing reception and rest centres
During an emergency in Northumberland, it will usually be Northumberland County Council’s responsibility to prepare for and establish reception or rest centres. Reception or rest centres will usually be established following a request from the police or another uniformed organisation.
The Northumberland County Council reception / rest centre guidance aims to provide those called upon to establish and manage a rest centre during an emergency with a structured and agreed process to ensure it is done effectively and efficiently.
Why might a reception or rest centre be needed?
A reception / rest centre or centres may be required for the safe evacuation and shelter of people or uninjured survivors affected by an emergency or anticipated emergency situation which threatens life, property or the environment.
Experience of previous emergency situations shows the care and support for evacuees and uninjured survivors prior to, during and / or after any emergency situation is important to the individuals and community’s recovery and welfare.
View the Northumberland County Council Reception / Rest Centre Guidance here.
Why is the reception/rest centre guidance publicly available?
Due to the geographic size of Northumberland, it may take time to get a full complement of rest centre personnel on site. By making the reception/rest centre guidance document publicly available, partner organisations and/or members of the public have the information they need to self-help and build community resilience until support becomes available.
Responsibility for reception and rest centres
Within the reception/rest centre guidance, Northumberland County Council acknowledges the reliance on the support of other agencies and the community / voluntary sector in delivering services to and in rest centres. However, Northumberland County Council can only accept responsibility for those centres which it specifically establishes and authorises in response to an emergency.
Recovery and restoration after an emergency
Northumberland County Council has developed recovery and restoration guidance to provide an effective framework to facilitate an integrated response by the county council, and its partner organisations, to mitigate and alleviate the effects of any emergency which disrupts the normal provision of services following an emergency.
Planning for recovery and restoration actually begins while the emergency is ongoing. This work has no fixed timeline and may go on for days, weeks, months or longer, depending on the impacts of the emergency and the needs of the communities affected.
View the Recovery and Restoration Guidance here.
How is the recovery and restoration plan used?
The county council’s recovery and restoration plan outlines basic principles for planning and implementing actions as part of the recovery and restoration phases of an emergency. The Plan can be implemented after any emergency, regardless of the size or location of the emergency. The actual level of recovery and restoration activity will be proportionate to the impacts and effects of the emergency and will take into account not only the physical damage which might occur but also:
The recovery and restoration guidance has been developed in a format that takes account of advice contained in "emergency preparedness" and "emergency response and recovery" guidance within the Civil Contingencies Act 2004.
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