About Emergency Planning

What is an emergency?

Under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 (Part 1) an emergency is defined as:


"An event or situation which threatens serious damage to human welfare in a place in the UK, the environment or a place in the UK, or war or terrorism which threatens serious damage to the security of the UK."

An emergency could include a fire, traffic accident; act of terrorism, medical emergency, strike, utility failure, contamination, flood, extreme weather, the list goes on and on.

Emergency Services in Northamptonshire

These organisations will respond and deal with the immediate emergency, but often extra support is needed to help the Services and those affected by the incident. This is where the Northamptonshire Emergency Planning Team comes in.

What does the Emergency Planning team do?

We prepare, maintain and review arrangements for dealing with major incidents across the county.

We work closely with the county's emergency services, district and borough councils and many other agencies and organisations.

We continually assess the risks posed within Northamptonshire.

We develop and maintain plans to ensure that procedures are in place to control and mitigate their impact.

This includes developing processes to maintain business continuity within the district and borough councils, local businesses, organisations and the County Council.

​We work with staff and partner agencies to raise awareness and develop skills in planning and managing emergency situations.

We test our emergency response and others by scheduling and taking part in exercises.

This enables us to check that procedures and arrangements work effectively and gives valuable experience in a controlled environment. ​

We work closely with local groups, people and partner agencies to share information and ensure our plans and procedures are all-inclusive.

This helps us provide an effective and co-ordinated response to emergency incidents.

​We respond to any emergency when we are called upon.

Our Emergency Planning Officers are on call 24 hours a day to response to emergency incidents.

Local risks

At a time where so many different types of emergencies could happen, it is important that we consider the actual risk. This is calculated by considering the likelihood of an emergency happening against what the impact would be.

In Northamptonshire we focus on local risks and how to keep the county as safe as possible.

The Northamptonshire Emergency Planning Team work closely with other agencies as part of the Northamptonshire Local Resilience Forum to consider these risks.

Community Risk Register

The Forum produces the county's Community Risk Register which focuses on local issues. The Register shows the risk classification and who will lead the response during an emergency situation.

The government publishes a National Register which assesses emergencies that could occur across the whole country: