In accordance with the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 the council has an obligation as Category 1 responders to prepare and maintain emergency plans and procedures.
These plans and procedures are categorised as follows:
- Generic Plans
Our primary generic plan is the Emergency Management Plan. This plan sets out the arrangements made for managing an actual or threatened major emergency.
The plan sets out agreed policy on how we will co-operate internally and with other agencies and includes operational guidance for provision of specific functions not routinely provided.
We have also developed 'Directorate Emergency Plans', which assist Directorates to meet their agreed responsibilities in the event of major emergency. These plans are integrated with the Emergency Management Plan.
- Specific Plans
Our specific plans relate either to a particular type of emergency, or to a site or location. Each plan sets out arrangements designed to go beyond those outlined in the Generic Plans when they are likely to prove insufficient in a particular case. However, a Specific Plan usually works in association with the Generic Plan.
- Multi Agency Plans
In undertaking our emergency planning role, it is necessary for the Council to liaise closely with other organisations, such as the Emergency Services, other Local Authorities, Utilities, Voluntary and other appropriate organisations.
Therefore, in addition to the council's own plans and procedures a number of Gwent Wide Emergency Plans have been prepared, which provide a co-ordinated and integrated multi-agency response to emergency incidents that may occur in the Heddlu Gwent Police Force Area.