Runnymede has an Emergency Plan which is reviewed regularly and updated annually. It sets out procedures and guidance for responding as an organisation to a major incident or large emergency that affects the Borough.
Most sections within the plan have both actions and considerations which apply to most emergency situations and will assist in arranging the response.
For the plan to be used there has to be what is classed as a major incident. A member of the emergency services or an emergency planning representative of the National Health Service or a local council can declare a major incident if they feel certain criteria have been met. The Civil Contingencies Act 2004 allows for the terms major incident and emergency to mean:
- an event or situation which threatens serious damage to human welfare in a place or the UK;
- an event or situation which threatens serious damage to the environment of a place in the UK;
- war, or terrorism, which threatens serious damage to the security of the UK.
Damage to human welfare involves, causes, or may cause;
- loss of human life;
- human illness or injury;
- damage to property;
- disruption of a supply of money, food, water, energy or fuel;
- disruption of a system of communication;
- disruption of facilities for transport;
- disruption of services relating to health.
The plan will not be used for minor incidents as Runnymede Borough Council has well established working practices for such occasions.
In Runnymede, we plan for civil emergencies based on the hazards contained in the Surrey Community Risk Register. Following nationally agreed best practice, the generic hazards have been assessed for the likelihood of the event happening and the potential impact that may have within the County.