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Emergency Planning

Major Emergency Planning

We have a Major Emergency Plan which helps us deal effectively with any 'major emergency', co-ordinating its activity with other organisations which are responding to the incident. These other organisations may include the Police, Kent Fire and Rescue Service, South East Coast Ambulance, NHS Kent and Medway, Environment Agency or Kent County Council.

In other countries, Emergency Planning can be referred to as 'Civil Protection', 'Emergency Management' or 'Emergency Preparedness'.

A 'major emergency' can cause death, injury or serious disruption to normal life for large numbers of people. The scale and duration of the emergency means that public services can no longer operate under their normal conditions and they have to put in place special arrangements to deal with it.

Kent Fire and Rescue during a flood. (Provided by Kent Fire and Rescue.)

All of our staff take part in emergency planning, training and emergency exercises.

If you would like to know more about emergency planning or preparing for emergencies, please view the following websites:

Business Continuity Management

Business Continuity is a necessary and important management process that helps keep an organisation going even in the most trying of times.

The council puts in place business continuity plans that identifies critical functions and risks to those functions. It then manages the risk to the delivery of these essential services, such as benefits and housing and ensures an effective recovery plan is in place after the incident.

Please see our Business Continuity page for further information.

Contact us

For further information or advice on any aspect of Emergency Planning or Business Continuity, please email Emergency Planning or call 01795 417619.

Emergency Services

Information about emergency services where a response is required immediately.

Severe weather

Tips and steps to take to help you stay warm this winter.

Community resilience

Community Emergency Plans are aimed to increase the readiness and resilience within local communities in Swale.

Health and pandemics

Information in the event of a heatwave and flu outbreaks.

What should I do in an emergency?

Kent Resilience Forum, advice for preparing in an emergency in Kent and Medway.

Emergency Pet Welfare

Information and advice about what to in emergency with pets
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