How the council plans for emergencies

The council's emergency response plan

Due to the sensitive nature of the plan we are unable to publish it on the website, please find the aims of the plan below:

Aim of the Slough Borough Council Emergency Response Plan

This Plan has been developed to ensure that Slough Borough Council can respond effectively to a Major Incident impacting on the community, in compliance with the Council’s statutory obligations under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004. It is a generic plan written to cover most eventualities and consequently is non-incident specific in approach; the procedures within it may be adapted to suit the situation. In addition, a range of other Slough Borough Council and Thames Valley plans have been prepared for specific incidents.

This Plan provides guidance on the local authority response to a Major Incident. In normal circumstances our staff manage minor emergencies and unexpected events without the need for additional resources or extraordinary activity. A Major Incident falls outside the scope of the normal service demands that we usually plan for, and therefore requires special arrangements.

The Council’s overall aim in an emergency is to: ‘To do its utmost to support the multi-agency response and to minimise any adverse impact on the community.’

This Plan helps the Council to achieve this aim by: -

  1. Setting out the arrangements for placing Slough Borough Council on a response footing, including the employee call-out procedures;
  2. Identifying roles and responsibilities in the response arrangements;
  3. Identifying employees or other agencies to fill those roles;
  4. Setting out the 24 hour contact telephone numbers for all staff and agencies with responsibilities under the plan;
  5. Outlining Recovery arrangements.

Plan activation arrangements

For major incidents and incidents with the potential to become major incidents:
Contact SBC Careline Control Room:
Tel: 01753 553 717

It require more information please contact the Response and Business Continuity manager: Dean Trussler dean.trussler@slough.gov.uk

How we plan for emergencies

In the first instance the council assesses the risks in the area. This is done by reviewing the National Risk Register and checking for more local risks. The council assists with the preparation of “Emergency Risk Assessments” as part of the Thames Valley Local Resilience Forum.

The collective group of risk assessments forms the Thames Valley Community Risk Register.

Plans are then prepared to address the consequences of the risks.

On some occasions Thames Valley wide plans are prepared, and all members of the local resilience forum work to the same “multi-agency” plan to improve consistency and response to the emergency. Some emergencies however, require a plan to be prepared at local level.

Once the council has prepared a plan, it then identifies all staff who may be expected to play a role in that plan, and develops a training package to ensure its staff are competent to respond to the emergency.

Finally, simulated “Emergency Exercises” are undertaken to allow council staff to test the plans. Sometimes these tests are “live” and will involve roll out of staff and emergency equipment, and on other occasions a hypothetical scenario is used at a “table top” exercise.

As a result of an emergency exercise or a real incident there may be valuable learning points to consider so a “de-brief” is undertaken to extract all valuable learning points from those staff and agencies involved. These learning points are then used to modify future versions of emergency plans.