Our planning for emergencies

How would you cope in an emergency situation?

If there is a major emergency affecting wide areas the emergency services will attend to the most vulnerable first. Being prepared and knowing what to do in an emergency can limit the impact of the emergency on you, your family and the community and help the recovery process.

As essential responders during an emergency, we work with emergency services, all other local authorities, health organisations, utility companies and others to ensure we can respond appropriately in emergency situations. You need to be prepared too.

We’ve teamed up with the other agencies to prepare some advice for local residents and businesses about how to get prepared. The information is hosted on Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service’s website. Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue use a Community risk register, this helps us to assess the threats and risks to South Cambridgeshire and plan for the 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.

Our role in an emergency


  • support the emergency services in all areas of their work
  • maintain essential services
  • assist in returning the community to a state of normality as soon as possible.

Our aim is to prepare emergency plans and make arrangements to protect the people, property and environment of South Cambridgeshire and reduce the impact on them from an emergency.

We liaise with the emergency services, the Cambridgeshire Emergency Management Team, other local councils and unitary authorities, voluntary organisations and private agencies to ensure that we have an integrated response to an emergency.

Working together we prepare contingency plans and organise major-incident training and exercises to prepare for emergencies.

Whatever the incident, the role of South Cambridgeshire District Council is always to provide support and care to the community and to get things back to normality as soon as possible.

Our planning officer is responsible for assisting in the emergency preparedness of the council and providing assistance and guidance to businesses and the public. This can cover a wide range of emergencies such as floods, chemical leaks and gas explosions through to comparatively minor incidents.

An emergency planning officer is on call at all times to deal with any emergency.

More information 

Read the government's guide to the Civil Contingencies Act 2004.

You can also visit the Health Protection Agency website for further information.

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