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Major Accident Hazards

The County Council recognises that there is a need for effective planning for civil emergencies. This is in order to ensure the efficient and speedy management of the response to these incidents between all the involved agencies; the Police, Fire Service, Ambulance Service, the Council, utility providers and voluntary agencies.

Major Emergency Arrangements

The purpose of the Council's emergency planning is to provide staff with the plans, procedures and information they will require to enable them to lighten the effects of any major emergency occurring, whilst allowing Council services to continue to provide as far as possible their usual day to day services.

The Council's various emergency plans set out the information, procedures and details required to ensure an effective, flexible and quick response to an emergency thus reducing to a minimum the distress and disruption caused.

Lincolnshire County Council, through the Emergency Planning Unit, work very closely with the all the emergency services and other professional partners in planning and preparation to reduce the effects of any major accident hazard. They are also members of the Local resilience Forum, a group set up to address emergency planning issues faced by the county

There are a number of specific plans for responding to incidents such as coastal pollution and a city centre evacuation.

Major Hazard Sites

The Control of Major Accident Hazard Regulations (COMAH) 1999, require Lincolnshire County Council to develop an off site plan for specific sites when notified by the Health and Safety Executive. Currently there are four top-tier sites within Lincolnshire requiring off-site plans under these regulations. 

Regulation 10 requires the Local Authority to prepare and keep an up-to-date Off-site emergency plan, detailing how a possible Major Emergency on the site will be dealt with.  The Public Information Zone (PIZ) is an area where the opinion of the HSE, persons are likely to be affected by a Major Emergency occurring at a site.  All households and landowners within the PIZ are under the regulations and kept informed of procedures and actions to protect themselves in the event of an incident occurring.   This advice covers such things as closing doors and windows and listening to a local radio station. 

Dealing With An Emergency

The following advice explains simple steps everyone should take to be ready if an emergency strikes.

Remember your own preparations and self-help are essential and critical factors in dealing with any emergency.

Top tips and handy hints - more information can be found in the leaflet attached below.

  • Make sure that you know how to make your gas, water and electric supplies safe
  • Make sure that you have adequate Insurance
  • Keep a supply of spare batteries.
  • Keep a supply of spare candles.
  • Keep a reserve of tinned food.
  • Have a torch at hand
  • Keep a large container for water
  • Keep and maintain a First Aid kit.

Whatever the situation, it is important to be ready to follow the instructions from the Police and other emergency services. Planning for an emergency is never easy because no-one can predict what might happen.  Whatever happens, it will almost certainly mean police, fire and ambulance services are in the front line of a tough situation. Although every incident is different, they will operate in accordance with procedures set out in the Emergency Services Major Incident Procedure Manual.  These procedures are constantly being updated, and the County Council has its own plans for mobilising social services, housing, highways and environmental health.

An emergency incident might mean evacuating an area and providing temporary accommodation. Rest centres may need to be set up, food and blankets provided and information given to anxious relatives. Someone has to be ready to reunite families who may be parted by an emergency situation.  Arranging all this is the job of the emergency services supported by the Council and many other public, private and voluntary organisations.

The Emergency Planning Unit have produced a Rest Centre plan for the county and provide a 24hr, 365 day a year duty officer system with call out achieved via fire & rescue control.  This enables the county council to provide resources and personnel during an incident at any time.

Radio and TV - Warning The Public

In major emergency situations, the local radio will be kept informed by the authorities to enable them to issue warnings and advice.  You should tune in to BBC Radio Lincolnshire 94.9 FM or 104.7 FM in the Grantham area or Lincs FM 102.2 FM where up to the minute information will be made available.

Remember to cater for power cuts you should have a battery operated radio.

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Last updated: 6 December 2012

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