Details on emergency planning

This page is aimed at residents, communities and organisations in South Oxfordshire.  It tells you about what happens following a major incident, who is responsible for dealing with the incident and some links to more information and advice.

What happens in an emergency?

In an emergency situation, Oxfordshire County Council's emergency planners will work with police, fire and ambulance services, other local authorities and many other public, private and voluntary organisations, to deal with the incident.  Specific roles and responsibilities are outlined below:

Role of the emergency services

Planning for an emergency is never easy, but whatever happens police, fire and ambulance services will be in the front line of a tough situation.  So it is important, whatever the situation to be ready to follow the instructions from the police and other emergency services.

An emergency incident might mean evacuating an area and providing temporary accommodation.

Rest centres may need to be set up, food and blankets provided and information given to anxious relatives.  Someone has to be ready to reunite families who may be parted in an emergency situation.  The emergency services, supported by the Oxfordshire County Council's Emergency Planning Unit and many other public, private and voluntary organisations, are responsible for this.

Role of the local authorities

In an emergency situation local authorities are responsible for maintaining normal public services as far as possible, as well as assisting local residents in distress.  In the initial stages of an emergency local authorities will act in support of the emergency services.  After the immediate emergency response the emergency services may withdraw from the scene of the incident and local authorities may continue to assist the local population until the situation returns to normal.

Role of town and parish councils

The principal action of town and parish councils is to:

  • disseminate information to the community from the emergency services and local authorities
  • provide emergency services and local authorities with information
  • help to identify any vulnerable people in the parish that may not be on any of our records
  • provide a link into any local resources that they may have in the parish
  • involvement in the recovery and restoration phase if the parish is badly affected

These roles are not set in stone and would probably depend on the type of emergency.

Advice for businesses and organisations

Major incidents can have a negative impact on all organisations - public, private and voluntary.  They can disrupt operations and affect profits.  This is bad news for employees, shareholders, customers and communities.

The government's key advice to businesses and organisations is to ensure you have robust, flexible business continuity management that will ensure that the impact of any emergency on your business will be minimised, and should help your business recover quickly.

Go to business continuity management  for more information.

Advice to residents

For more information on how you can prepare for an emergency, how you should respond to a major incident and some useful contact information go to preparing for an emergency.  

In the event of an emergency residents are advised to follow our Twitter account @southoxon.

More information

The following link provides more information about preparing for emergencies, including what you can do to prepare for major incidents and emergencies.





Last reviewed: 06 - 02 - 2017

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