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Cyngor Sir Ynys Môn - Isle of Anglesey County Council

Civil emergencies: emergency plan

Below you will find a brief introduction to how the Council prepares for emergencies. This involves partnership working with various agencies and organisations both internally and externally. 

Emergency Planning for the Isle of Anglesey County Council now sits within a Regional Emergency Planning Service covering the six Local Authorities in North Wales. 

The Service works out of two hubs, Llandudno Junction and North East, based in County Hall Mold.

The Regional Emergency Planning Service assists the Isle of Anglesey County Council in fulfilling statutory duties under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004. Emergencies can be as a result of severe weather, transport or industrial accident, water pollution or terrorism.

Working closely with other responding agencies e.g. emergency services, National Resources Wales, Maritime and Coastguard Agency and others the service prepares Isle of Anglesey County Council to an optimum state of readiness to respond to and recover from a major emergency.

A planned response will mitigate the effects of an emergency incident and assist the community in the return to normality. Information on the Council’s website highlights what you can do to protect yourself in the event of a major incident or accident and provides some simple do’s and don’ts to help you prepare for an emergency, without any unnecessary interruption to day to day activities.

The Civil Contingencies Act, and accompanying non-legislative measures, delivers a single framework for civil protection in the United Kingdom capable of meeting the challenges of the twenty-first century. The Act and supporting Regulations and statutory guidance Emergency Preparedness establish a clear set of roles and responsibilities for those involved in emergency preparation and response at the local level. 

The North Wales Community Risk Register provides information on the biggest emergencies that could happen in the region. 

This includes the impact on people, communities, the environment and local businesses. These risks are regularly reviewed.

Co-operation between the large number of organisations involved in emergency preparedness and response is fundamental.

The principle mechanism for multi-agency co-operation at the North Wales local level is the Resilience Forum. The North Wales Local Resilience Forum is based on the local police force area and brings together all the organisations that have a duty to co-operate under the Civil Contingencies Act, along with others who would be involved in the response to an emergency.

The Civil Contingencies Act Regulations identify 3 pieces of legislation pre-dating this Act which were introduced separately in Britain under sector-specific legislation operated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). These relate to major accident hazards at industrial establishments (Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations (COMAH)), to hazardous pipelines (Pipelines Safety Regulations) and to radiation hazards (Radiation (Emergency Preparation and Public Information) Regulations (REPPIR)).

These sector-specific Regulations have established multi-agency emergency planning regimes in co-operation with the operators. To avoid duplication, the Civil Contingencies Act Regulations provide that the duty to maintain plans under the Act does not apply to emergencies which are dealt with by these pieces of legislation.

For information about how to protect yourself in the event of a major incident or accident an information leaflet has been produced by North Wales public bodies.