Posted on 8th January 2015
An action plan has been produced by the emergency services and their partners to help people prepare in the event of extreme hazards.
Derbyshire’s Local Resilience Forum has created its first Community Risk Register, which is available to view by members of the public.
The document is a comprehensive list of a wide variety of serious incidents and hazards to human life that could potentially happen in Derbyshire.
These include severe weather, chemical pollution, flooding, dam failures, flu pandemic outbreaks and large-scale industrial accidents.
The Community Risk Register (CRR) details the results of assessments into many of these possible incidents, contains advice on how people can protect themselves, and gives readers information on what key organisations would do if one of the emergencies actually happened.
Risks included in the CRR are not considered likely to happen but are included so the emergency services can reduce their impact.
The aim of the register is to encourage people and businesses to plan how they would respond if any of the potential scenarios ever occur.
Assistant Chief Constable Gary Knighton, who chairs the Derbyshire Local Resilience Forum, said: “The Community Risk Register has been put together by all of the partners responsible for planning and preparing for a range of different risks which may affect our communities.
“The document informs the public of the potential risks faced in the county and offers advice on how they can help themselves and their communities to be better prepared.
“I would ask people to consider the advice as this will help to reduce the impact upon them and will assist the agencies responding to any event.”
Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for health and communities, Councillor Dave Allen, said: “Although major emergencies are rare in Derbyshire, we are quite vulnerable to extreme weather and flooding.
“Helping our residents and communities to be more resilient and better prepared is an important element of our current approach to emergency planning and we welcome this Local Resilience Forum initiative.”
Derbyshire’s Local Resilience Forum is made up of the police, the fire and rescue service, East Midlands Ambulance Service, Derbyshire County Council, Derby City Council and the county’s eight borough and district councils.
It also includes the county’s hospitals and NHS Trusts, Public Health England, the Highways Agency, Environment Agency, Met Office, utilities providers and local broadcasters.
The CRR contains input from all of those partners to create a comprehensive guide for the whole county.
To download the document or to find out more about the Derbyshire Local Resilience Forum, visit www.derbyshireprepared.org.uk.
It can also be viewed by clicking the 'Related Documents' link at the top-right of this article.