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Emergency planning

What is Emergency Planning?

Emergency planning is the process by which risks are identified and planning is put in place to prevent emergencies occurring where possible, or to reduce, control and mitigate the effects should it happen.

Why does Cambridgeshire County Council plan for emergencies?

Cambridgeshire County Council has a duty under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 to ensure the county is prepared to respond to an emergency. The Emergency Management Plan is the main plan that outlines how the council will collectively respond to and manage an event, which either has the potential, or threatens council services, life, property or the environment and requires Cambridgeshire County Council to respond in a way that cannot be provided within normal day-to-day arrangements.

What is the Local Resilience Forum (LRF)?

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Local Resilience Forum is a multi-agency partnership made up of representatives from local public services, including the Emergency Services, Local Authorities, NHS England and the Environment Agency, which are all Category 1 responders under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004. The LRF is also supported by Category 2 responders, such as Highways England and utility companies.

What plans do Cambridgeshire County Council write?

The Emergency Management Team are responsible for writing:

  • Control of Major Accident Hazard (COMAH) plans
  • Reservoir Inundation plan
  • Excess Deaths plan
  • Severe Weather plan
  • Flood plan
  • East Coast Tidal Flood plan
  • Mass Fatalities plan
  • Major Accident Hazard Pipeline plan

Where can I find the local risks to Cambridgeshire?

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Local Resilience Forum have a duty to assess the risks that could affect Cambridgeshire. The risks are taken from the National Risk Register and are assessed at a local level. They can be found in the Community Risk Register which is hosted on the Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service website.

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If you have any questions about emergency planning, please get in touch with the Emergency Management Team at