Civil emergencies - major accident hazards
- Category: Emergencies
- Last Updated: 19 January 2017
Councils have statutory and discretionary multi-agency plans to respond effectively and efficiently to known potential hazards within its area.
The District Council has experience in dealing with major emergencies affecting the local community and visitors.
The advent of the Civil Contingencies Act has confirmed the District Councils role as a category 1 responder. As such we have a number of plans in place and carry out extensive planning in conjunction with many different partner agencies such as the County Council, neighbouring councils, Environment Agency, utility companies and local communities.
Major Emergency Incidents
Incidents occur that due to their scale or nature, will require Local Authority Support.
The District Council provides a vital link between the Emergency Services, County and other District Councils and other agencies, in order to provide a co-ordinated response in the event of an emergency.
Major emergency incidents can occur in a number of ways, some of the more common being severe weather, fluvial flooding, transport accidents and industrial accidents.
Major Accident Hazards
The one thing that you can be sure of in an emergency situation is that it will probably be the last thing that you expect.
Severe weather, floods, transport accidents, terrorist action or incidents involving dangerous substances or chemicals usually strike without any warning. For this reason the District Council work closely with our partner agencies to ensure that our range of plans and procedures are up to date and provide an effective, flexible and timely response to all types of emergency.
GOV.UK has detailed advice on what to do and what to prepare for in an emergency - for example, a fire, terrorist attack or natural disaster.
Ryedale District Council also has a responsibility to its citizens to provide a safe environment for them to live. The Community Safety partnership was formed to draw agencies together in Ryedale to address crime and anti social activity. For further information please visit the Community Safety Partnership website - Safer Ryedale.
Ryedale District Council has a Flood Defence Policy that is available to download below.
For further information on emergency planning please email Access to Services or telephone 01653 600666.
Useful Emergency Telephone Numbers
- Environment Agency Floodline - 0845 9881 188
- North Yorkshire County Council - 01609 780780
- Hambleton District Council - 01609 767028 / 767029
- Ryedale District Council - (office hours) 01653 600666 (out of hours) 01653 697737
- North Yorkshire Police - 0845 6060 247
- Yorkshire Water Supply - 0845 1242 424
- Northumbrian Water - 0845 7171 100
- Gas Leaks - 0800 111 999
- Northern Electric - 0800 668 877
- Yorkshire Electric - 0800 375 675
- Ryedale Housing Association - 01653 600300
Preparing for emergencies
Being prepared for major incidents and emergencies such as flooding, large industrial accidents, power cuts or severe weather will help reduce the fear, anxiety, anger, cost and sense of loss that such events can bring. If you know what to do and have made simple precautions, then the impact on you and your loved ones can be drastically reduced.
The North Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum (NYLRF) promotes both personal and community resilience. You may wish to have a household plan, a grab bag or even just a plan that you have discussed with your family to refer to in case of an emergency.
Some Parish/Town Councils also plan for their community. This may be for winter maintenance or emergencies in general.
Help on creating a personal or community emergency plan can be found on the NYLRF website or by email.