Major emergencies do not happen very often but when they do it's essential that we are ready to respond, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Planning ahead is the most effective way to ensure that if emergencies do happen they have as small an impact as possible on you and your community.
Emergencies that could affect Newark and Sherwood include: flooding, severe weather, major transport accidents, industrial accidents, outbreaks of disease including flu pandemics and terrorist incidents.
To prepare for possible emergencies within the district we:
assess local risks in order to identify what we need to plan for
write and review emergency plans
train and exercise with other key local organisations such as Nottinghamshire Police to enhance the management of an emergency
ensure that the district council has plans in place to deliver important services to the public during an emergency.
We also help to support the emergency services and other organisations with their emergency response in a number of ways:
arranging emergency accommodation should members of the public be evacuated from their homes
co-ordinating services that we provide such as waste collection that are required as part of the emergency response
providing information to the public
providing advice and assistance to local businesses to help communities prepare for emergencies
We provide this as a key partner of the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Local Resilience Forum (LRF), which is the multi-agency management group for the co-ordination of emergency planning within Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. The LRF is led by Nottinghamshire Police, and is made up of senior managers from the principal emergency planning and response organisations.
Run, Hide, Tell
Run, Hide, Tell is an information film that provides advice on the steps to take to keep safe in the event of a firearms or weapons attack. Recent events around the world remind us of all the terrorist threat we face. Police and security agencies are working tirelessly to protect the public but it is also important that communities and individuals are aware of how to protect themselves if the need arises.
The four minute film sets out three key steps for keeping safe.
Know your free emergency numbers - in a power cut call 105 or, for a gas emergency, dial 0800 111999.
Prepare your home – keep a torch handy and get your appliances serviced by a Gas Safe registered engineer to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Vulnerable households can also get extra support by signing up to the Priority Services Register.
Keep your eyes open – keep an eye on the weather forecast and, if you have a power cut or a gas emergency, check on your neighbours.
Red Cross Emergency App
Some members of staff are trying out the Red Cross Emergency App on their smart phones.
The award-winning free mobile app delivers real-time alerts, severe weather warnings and practical advice in an emergency.
The app sends you alerts if an emergency is about to affect your chosen area - and gives you advise on what to do. For example it will warn you about impending weather emergencies. It includes advice for both households and businesses.
And since being prepared is half the battle, the app is packed with advice on getting ready for a host of common emergencies – such as floods, storms, car breakdowns and power cuts.