World events of a natural kind or man made over recent years such as severe weather conditions, major accidents or terrorist atrocity have drawn attention to the need to be prepared for any type of major incident.
The Civil Contingencies Act 2004 (External Link) and its associated guidance documents gives the meaning of an emergency and obligates the emergency services and other organisations, including Local Authorities, to have formal coordinated plans in place to enable them to respond and deal with emergency incidents.
The UK is divided into a number of 'Local Resilience Forums', each of which is responsible for creating and maintaining a Community Risk Register. The Community Risk Register identifies possible emergency situations specific to their Local Area, and the possible actions needed to deal with each risk. We are part of the Sussex Resilience Forum (External Link) and our Community Risk Register is available to view.
This Government website has information on how you the general public can help yourself and others in emergencies. A lot of it is based on common sense advice and may seem obvious or familiar to you, but it has saved lives in the past. The text has been arranged so you can access advice tailored to your needs.
Animal Diseases (eg. Foot and Mouth or Blue Tongue)
The latest information regarding notifiable animal diseases can be viewed on the Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). DEFRA - Policy and Regulation (external link) Further information on how animal diseases might affect you and your health is available in health matters on Wealdens' website.
Wealden District Council's response to an emergency incident and how Towns and Parishes can develop their own response to an emergency.
Measure to minimise the impact of an emergency incident on business.