What is emergency planning?

We are legally required to have plans in place to deal with major incidents or emergencies such as floods, fires, severe weather and transport accidents. Emergency planning helps us to prepare for and respond to emergencies and major incidents.

The council is a Category 1 responder, along with the emergency services, the Environment Agency and most of the NHS. This requires us to:

  • assess the risk of emergencies occurring and use this to inform contingency planning

  • put in place emergency plans

  • put in place business continuity management arrangements

  • put in place arrangements to make information available to the public about civil protection matters

  • maintain arrangements to warn, inform and advise the public in the event of an emergency

  • share information and co-operate with other local responders to improve co-ordination and efficiency

  • provide advice and help to businesses and voluntary organisations about business continuity management.

What will you do if there is an emergency?

If there is an emergency or major incident we will set up a dedicated web page to provide you with information. The page will be accessible via a link on our website’s homepage.

Huntingdonshire Emergency Warning System

We have also set up the Huntingdonshire Emergency Warning System (HEWS). HEWS is a text and email message service to advise you of any emergencies or major incidents in the district.

Join the HEWS Email/Text Notification List

Read the HEWS Terms and Conditions.

What should I do if there is an emergency?

If there is a major emergency affecting wide areas the emergency services will attend to the most vulnerable first. Being prepared and knowing what to do in an emergency can limit the impact of the emergency on you, your family and the community and help the recovery process.

As essential responders we work with others to ensure we can respond appropriately in emergency situations - you need to be prepared too.

We’ve teamed up with the other agencies to prepare some advice for local residents and businesses about how to get prepared. The information can be found on the Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service’s website.

Please have a read and make sure you know what to do.

Community Risk Register

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Local Resilience Forum (CPLRF) has put together a Community Risk Register which provides information about the risks in the district.