Emergency planning is a normal part of any local council’s responsibilities. It covers events such as extreme weather, critical incidents, terrorist attacks and pandemics. It sets out clear roles and responsibilities for managing incidents and communicating with the public.
In the current situation, emergency planners review core services and how they can be managed in a variety of extreme circumstances. They decide which services are critical, how staff may be redeployed to support essential and new mitigating activities and any changes to council services, such as the frequency of bin collections.