- What is Emergency Planning?
- How are Risks Identified?
- Planning for Risks
- Partnership Working and Sharing Information
- Training and Exercising
- Business Continuity
- Further Information
Emergencies can occur anywhere at any time – often with little or no warning. Emergencies are events that pose immediate risk to life, health, property or environment. They can be caused by a number of factors including man-made incidents such as road traffic accidents, or secondary effects from naturally occurring events such as extreme weather.
Emergency Planning is the process of identifying these risks and implementing measures to reduce the chance of the emergency taking place. If it's impossible to remove a risk, plans are made to reduce the impact that the risk could have on people and the environment, if it was to cause an emergency.
The Emergency Planning Process
Assess Plan Train Exercise Review Repeat
To understand what hazards pose potential risks to the borough, the Emergency Planning team participates in a joint risk assessment. To find out more about the risk assessment process please see the Haringey Risk Register (PDF, 728KB), and the GLA's London Risk Register (external link).
The Emergency Planning team writes plans to map how the council will respond to emergencies. These plans are consistently reviewed and maintained to ensure they are up to date. The following are generic plans which are likely to be used by Haringey Council in any emergency.
- Emergency Management Plan (PDF, 902KB)
This is a generic plan that outlines how the council will respond to a major incident. The Emergency Management plan details actions for different departments and agencies according to the stage of the emergency
- Warning, Informing and Alerting Protocol (PDF, 1MB)
This document details the procedures for sharing information internally, to partners and to the public in an emergency. It is a 'protocol' which refers to a set of standing procedures that will be utilised in the relevant circumstance. The protocol primarily covers the warning period before an incident, and the response and recovery phase afterwards
- Emergency Welfare Plan (PDF, 7MB)
This plan outlines how the council and partner agencies will co-ordinate their response to protect the welfare of people affected by an emergency. The Emergency welfare plan is a capability plan that details how the council will assess:
- the impact on the health and welfare of the population
- the process of identifying vulnerable people
- the provision of temporary accommodation/shelter for residents made homeless or those who are required to evacuate their homes
- and the services available to provide practical and emotional support to those affected
- Recovery Management Plan (PDF, 4MB)
This plan provides guidance for the process of rebuilding, restoring and rehabilitating the community in the wake of an emergency. Recovery from an incident is usually a complex and lengthy process that requires the coordination of multiple services and organisations. Recovery does not only focus on replacing what was damaged during an incident, it involves the empowerment of a community to ensure they are able to recover emotionally and strengthening resilience to minimise the chance of recurrence
- Other Plans
The above plans are referred to as 'Capability plans', this type of plan covers how particular parts of response will be carried out. The Emergency Planning team also maintains a number of other plans which may be used to respond to emergencies. These include; 'Hazard-specific' plans which provide response details for particular kinds of emergency events eg Pandemic Influenza plan, and 'Location-Specific' plans which provide an overview for particular locations which usually have particular risks associated with them, eg Tottenham Hotspur's Football Ground plan.
Partnership working is essential in emergency planning and response. The London Resilience Partnership is made up of more than 170 organisations. This is to ensure that in the event of a major incident that affects multiple areas in London, organisations are able to work effectively together to respond to the incident and minimise any impacts. As part of the London Resilience Partnership, Haringey Council attends a variety of forums to facilitate information sharing and cooperation with partner agencies locally, regionally and nationally. These forums include:
- Haringey Resilience Forum (HRF) - this borough-based forum allows for local partners to share information, practices, training and work streams to prepare the borough
- North Central Emergency Planning Officer (NC EPO) Forum - this is a regional forum where the Emergency Planning teams of Haringey, Enfield, Camden, Islington, Hackney and Barnet discuss regional issues as well as sharing information on incidents, training and allows joined working on projects.
Training and exercising is an essential part of the emergency planning process which ensures all staff involved in emergency planning and response are able to manage any type of incident to the best of their ability.
Training aims to raise the awareness of staff that have a role in emergency planning and response. It aids the improvement of staffs skills set and competencies in relation to their emergency management responsibilities. This also helps develop an understanding of how their role fits into the wider picture.
Exercises provide a working environment to test emergency management plans and roles. Exercises will often follow training modules to ensure staffs have the grounding knowledge to test the procedures as appropriate.
Business Continuity is closely related to emergency planning. Its core aim is to ensure essential services are maintained during, and in the aftermath of an emergency. For more information on Business Continuity and advice on how to implement it in your own work place, please see the Business Continuity page.
For further information on emergency planning and business continuity, please contact:
Haringey Emergency Planning & Business Continuity Team
4th Floor North, River Park House
225 High Road
Tel 020 8489 3334 (outside office hours: 020 8489 0000)