The resilience and emergencies unit is responsible for planning for a wide variety of potential incidents and emergencies that could affect the population of North Yorkshire.
The team works with partner organisations to review national, regional and local risk assessments in order to develop, prepare and maintain emergency plans for its highest risks including pandemic, flooding and evacuation. It also has a generic major incident plan, which covers any major incident.
The resilience and emergencies unit support regional and national responses, working with partner agencies in ensuring a co-ordinated effort to minimise disruption. The unit works on behalf of the county council and six of the seven district councils in the county.
As part of this work, the unit also provides advice to the public, communities and businesses on making themselves more resilient. The officers in the unit are on call at any time to provide immediate assistance to support the emergency services, acting as liaison officers to co-ordinate the local authority response if necessary. The unit also supports the North Yorkshire local resilience forum. The forum is made up of key responders in the community such as police, fire, utility providers and health, who come together to plan for and respond to the risks to our county.
Planning to protect yourself and your family
The following resources may assist you in planning to protect yourself and your family:
- Emergency advice - including household emergency plans, local risks and upcoming events, see the North Yorkshire local resilience forum website for more information.
- Severe weather and flooding - the Environment Agency and the Met Office provide key information and free services to the public on severe weather and flooding through different types of media.
- Business continuity - the unit has a strategic role in business continuity planning for the council to ensure we can still maintain our services in the event of disruption, as well as providing free continuity advice to small businesses so they can plan to withstand similar events.
- Post-incident support - the major incident response team offers support in the aftermath of a traumatic incident to anyone affected by the event.