Ashford Borough Council has a Major Emergency Plan which helps it deal effectively with any 'major emergency'; coordinating its activity with other organisations which are responding to the incident. These other organisations may include the Police, Kent Fire & Rescue Service, South East Coast Ambulance, NHS Kent & Medway, Environment Agency or Kent County Council.
In other countries, emergency planning can be referred to as 'civil protection', 'emergency management' or 'emergency preparedness'.
A 'major emergency' can cause death, injury or serious disruption to normal life for large numbers of people. The scale and/or duration of the emergency means that public services can no longer operate under their normal conditions and they have to put in place special arrangements to deal with it.
All of the council's staff take part in emergency planning, training and emergency exercises.
If you would like to know more about emergency planning or preparing for emergencies, please visit the following websites:
The Kent Community Risk Register is available to view via Kent Prepared - Kent Community Risk Register.
The risk register is informed by national guidance and developed locally with partners and subject matter experts to determine what are our most likely risks in Kent. This may include risks such as flooding, severe weather or loss of utilities.
Business continuity is a necessary and important management process that helps keep an organisation going even in the most trying of times.
The council puts in place business continuity plans that identifies critical functions and risks to those functions. It then manages the risk to the delivery of these essential services, such as benefits and housing and ensures an effective recovery plan is in place after the incident.
Please visit our business continuity page for further information.
For further information or advice on any aspect of Emergency Planning or Business Continuity, please call 01233 331111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org