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Guide Overview of emergency planning

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1. Introduction

Accidents, whether human or natural, happen from time to time. They can occur on a small or large scale - a transport disaster, chemical incident, coastal flooding or a terrorist attack - and of course, there is also the unexpected. The aim of our emergency planning officer is to assess the threats and risks to the district and plan for response and recovery should an incident occur.

The ultimate objective is to minimise impact of disaster on the day-to-day lives of the community and the environment and to assist the return to normality. Emergency planner, working with a wide range of other agencies, prepare contingency plans, organise major incident training and exercises to prepare for emergencies, just in case. Whatever the incident, our role is always to provide support to our community and to get things back to normality as soon as possible.