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Emergency plan

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We have an emergency plan in order to respond to any major incident which poses a threat to the welfare of the community.

It is our role of to support the emergency services in the case of a major incident. Officers are on call 24 hours and coordinate our response during a major incident.

Under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 we are a category 1 responder in the case of an emergency. A link to this Act can be found under "useful links" to the right of this page along with a Government leaflet called "Preparing for Emergencies".  We are responsible for the following:

  • creating an emergency plan
  • putting in place business continuity management arrangements
  • putting in place arrangements to make information available to the public about civil protection matters and maintain arrangements to warn, inform and advise the public in the event of an emergency
  • sharing information with other local responders to enhance co-ordination
  • co-operating with other local responders to enhance co-ordination and efficiency
  • providing advice and assistance to businesses and voluntary organisations about business continuity management.

The Oxfordshire County council emergency plan, supported by our emergency plan (see under "useful links" to the right of this page), is the principal information document for any countywide response to a major incident or emergency. As the plans have evolved, they have been closely aligned to enable us to respond independently in the first instance and call on county support as required.

In the event of a major incident, the county emergency plan would be implemented with support from us to ensure the full coverage of functions. Jointly, the county and district plans provide the enabling mechanism for a co-operative multi-agency response to emergencies and major incidents countywide.

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