All of our plans are based on the concept of 'integrated emergency management'. That is that plans should be flexible and focused on the response to an incident rather than its cause; arrangements should be built into the organisation's everyday working structure; the activities of different departments should be integrated, and arrangements should be co-ordinated with those of other agencies.
The common objectives of an integrated response are to:
- save life
- prevent escalation
- relieve suffering
- safeguard the environment
- protect property
- facilitate investigation and enquiries
- inform the public
- promote self-help and recovery
- restore normality as soon as possible
Nottingham City Council has been actively planning and preparing, as detailed above, for many years.
It may be important for an organisation to have more than one emergency plan. It is often the case that organisations have generic plans and specific plans.
- Generic plans are the core plan which enables the organisation to respond to, and recover from a wide range of possible emergencies. They should include procedures which would be used in all instances for e.g. ensuring the welfare of staff and the provision of sufficient resources for responding to the emergency
- Specific plans relate either to a particular emergency or kind of emergency, or to a specific site or location. Specific plans are a detailed set of arrangements designed to go beyond the generic arrangements when they are likely to prove insufficient in a particular case. A specific plan usually relies on a generic plan. For example, organisations which deal with hazardous materials may need specific plans for responding to a chemical spillage. Some organisations may have specific plans for conducting specific functions in response to an emergency. For instance, the emergency services will have plans for mass evacuation of an urban area and mass decontamination. Organisations should use their risk assessments to decide whether specific plans are necessary or desirable
The Council's main generic plan
The City Council's "Managing an Emergency" Plan is designed to handle any major emergency within Nottingham City Council's boundaries irrespective of how, where, or when it happens. To be able to do this it is based on a framework which can be flexibly adapted to respond to differing circumstances.
Examples of the range of other plans include:
- Emergency Contact List
- Emergency Flood Response Plan
- Emergency Accommodation Plan
- Emergency Control Centre Plan
- Corporate Recovery Plan
- Multi-agency Co-ordination Centre Handbook (m)
- Critical Incident Response Plan
- Emergency Helpline Plan
- Major Accident Hazard Pipelines Plan
- Media Strategy (m)
- Emergency Mortuary Plan (m)
- Mass Fatalities Plan (m)
- Mass Casualties Plan (m)
- CBRN (East Midlands Regional Plan) (m)
- Humanitarian Assistance Centre Plan (m)
- Fuel Plan (m)
- Resilient Communications Plan (m)
(m) = Multi-agency plans
We also hold copies of partner organisations' generic and specific plans as an aid to better understanding/co-ordination of joint efforts in day to day activities, exercises and emergency incidents.