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Resilience & Emergency Planning

The Resilience Team has the role of enabling the Council and its Officers, in conjunction with other bodies, to meet their statutory duties under the Civil Contingencies Act.  The Council defined as a Category 1 Responder by the Civil Contingencies Act and as such is required to participate in the Bedfordshire and Luton Local Resilience Forum (BLLRF) with other  Bedfordshire Authorities, the Police, Fire Service, Ambulance Service, National Health Service and other bodies to enable a holistic approach to emergency planning, emergency response and emergency recovery.  The Council is also required to have in place an effective Corporate Resilience Plan and an effective Corporate Business Continuity Plan.

 

The main role of the team before, during and after an emergency situation or business interruptions is to support the Council, its management and staff and the community of Bedford to respond to and recover from the situation.  Fundamental to this is the contribution which the Council makes to the wider emergency planning role of BLLRF.

 

To enable statutory duties to be met the team engages in the following key activities:

  • Development and co-ordination of the Council’s strategy, policy and arrangements at
    a corporate level with regards to resilience issues, business continuity, emergency preparedness and emergency response.
  • Support to senior management in co-ordinating response and recovery following an emergency or business interruption
  • Monitoring the extent to which individual Directorates are prepared and have plans
    and procedures in place for business continuity, emergency preparedness, response and recovery.
  • Identification of key staff who will be expected to respond to any given emergency or business interruption.
  • Devising and delivering relevant training to staff and others who form part of the
  • Council’s preparedness for and response to an emergency, and sourcing co-ordination of training delivered by external trainers and e-learning.
  • Through arrangement of exercises with other agencies and bodies, test emergency,  recovery and business continuity arrangements in place within the Borough.
  • Liaison with key Council services on which recovery and business continuity plans are  reliant, including Information Technology and Property Services.
  • Active membership of BLLRF as contributors and chairs of key groups to promote and  benefit from joint initiatives and joint planning.
  • Production, in partnership with BLLRF of standard operating procedures for defined emergencies including flooding, pandemic flu and severe weather.
  • Active involvement with the Resilience and Emergencies Division (RED) Central in relation to regional emergency planning.
  • Provision of advice and guidance to Managers and staff on a day to day basis and before and during an emergency.

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