Our roles and responsibilities

We have a service level agreement with Derbyshire County Council to undertake duties in line with the Civil Contingencies Act 2004. As part of this agreement, an Emergency Planning Officer works for us for one and a half days per week.

We liaise on a regular basis with the police, fire, ambulance and health services in preparing emergency plans. Joint training and rehearsals take place with these services and other agencies to ensure that these plans will work.

The Derbyshire Local Resilience Forum (LRF) is responsible for the overall direction and policies of emergency planning and preparation. It has a dedicated website, Derbyshire Prepared, for information and advice to help you better prepare if there is an emergency, including floods.

We work with our partners to assess the level of risk for a range of potential hazards. These include threats to human health and the likelihood and potential impacts associated with industrial accidents, flooding and threat of terrorism.

Community risk registers have been compiled to show the results of these assessments, enabling us to better understand our risks and vulnerabilities, decide our priorities and identify any further action required.

Our joint aim is to improve our capability to respond to emergencies, minimise the effects on our communities and keep residents well informed.

We have a Business Continuity Plan, which contains a policy (pdf, 244kb) to support our arrangements and to help us to continue to provide key services in the event of an emergency or service disruption. The plan identifies critical functions and the steps that need to be taken to ensure continued service delivery.

If you own or run a business, developing your own business continuity plan could help you minimise the effects of any disruption. More information and advice is available on the Derbyshire Prepared website or by contacting us.