Welcome to Bedford Borough Council

 
Our Services A - Z :
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
 
 

You are here: Home Page > Environment and Planning > Emergencies

Emergencies

Emergencies can happen at any time, normally without warning and they can have a huge impact on our lives, businesses and infrastructure. The explosion and fire at the Buncefield Oil depot in Hertfordshire affected a large area in and around Hemel Hempstead. Due to the prompt response from the emergency services, the situation was brought under control and there was no loss of life. However, many surrounding businesses were affected and those with plans for such an emergency survived better than those who did not.

Most emergencies are minor, affecting a few people, but they can happen at any time. An emergency is defined under the Civil Contingencies Act (2004) as:

 

  • An event or situation that threatens human life or welfare
  • An event or situation that threatens the environment or the security of the United Kingdom,
  • War or terrorism that threatens the security of the UK

 

A major emergency may stretch local emergency services so that neighbouring emergency services may be brought in to help.

 

Bedford Borough Council has emergency plans in place and a dedicated Resilience Team who work to make sure that we can effectively respond to emergencies.  Bedford Borough Council are also part of the Bedfordshire Local Resilience Forum (BLRF), a group of specialists from the Emergency Services, Local Authorities, NHS,  Environment Agency and others who will co-ordinate the safety and support of people and property affected by  an emergency.

 

During an emergency the Local Authority will work to:

 

  • Support the Emergency Services
  • Support the local and wider Community
  • Mitigate the effects of an emergency
  • Take the lead on the recovery.

 

Useful emergency contact numbers are:

 

Anglian Water (Water Supply & Emergencies) 03457 145 145
Gas 0800 111 999
Electricity (UK Power Networks) 0800 31 63 105 or mobile 0333 32 32 105
Electricity (Western Power Distribution) 0800 6783 105
Environment Agency - Floodline 0345 988 1188
Environment Agency General Enquiries 03708 506 506

Don't Miss

Environment

Here you will find information on environmental and planning issues. This section provides a wealth of information including details on how to make or enquire about a planning application, rubbish, waste and recycling information.

 


Stay Connected
Sign up for email alerts!