We have an important role to support the emergency services in the case of a major emergency within the borough. These emergencies can be natural disasters such as flooding, storms and pollution also other events such as major traffic accidents, unexploded bombs or acts of terrorism. Our role and responsibilities are outlined in the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 where we are a Category 1 Responder.
Our primary roles and responsibilities in the event of a Civil Emergency are:
- Work alongside the Agencies and First Responders i.e. Environmental Agency, Police, Fire, Ambulance, Utility Companies and Lancashire County Council in assessing the specific risks to the community.
- The operation of rest centres and reception centres in liaison with Lancashire County Council Emergency Planning.
- Updating the Council website and Social Media to warn and inform the boroughs residents and businesses.
- Clean up activities after the event in liaison with other agencies.