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Emergency planning

Photo of a fireman attending to a fireAll councils are required to have emergency plans by the Civil Contingencies Act 2004, which also places a large number of other requirements on them. The council is affected by other legislation that requires it to carry out an emergency planning role, such as the Housing Act 1996 .

Medway Council supports the emergency services in the event of a major incident through close working partnerships and membership of the Kent Resilience Forum and Medway Partners Emergency Group.

What does Medway Council plan for?

As part of the Kent Resilience Forum, Medway Council has helped to create the Kent Community Risk Register. This register determines the greatest risk to the whole of Kent and is the focus for the Forum's activities aimed at reducing risks.

Medway Council also plans for other threats to the community. Under the Control of Major Accident Hazard Regulations (COMAH) 2015, it is required to produce an off-site emergency plan and to co-ordinate the response for an emergency that could affect the community beyond the boundaries of a particular site.

Our Severe weather guidance page will help to keep you moving on Medway's roads, and safe and warm during the winter months.

How Medway Council responds to emergencies

Medway Council responds in a number of different ways, depending on the nature of the incident. For example:

  • rest centres to provide temporary accommodation for people evacuated from a specific area or for people in transit: these centres often require help from voluntary agencies and contractors who can provide food, clothing and counselling to support those affected by the incident
  • alternative accommodation for those evacuated for prolonged periods of time
  • survivor reception centres
  • humanitarian assistance centres
  • additional plant and equipment
  • advice and guidance
  • monitoring the situation
  • advice on dangerous structures
  • a control centre to co-ordinate the response

What to do in an emergency?

To find out how you can prepare for an emergency situation, read the 'What should I do in an emergency?' Kent Resilience Forum advice booklet (pdf 522KB).

How to plan for severe weather, including powercuts

Read UK Power Network's advice on how to plan for severe weather (pdf 15KB), especially when it creates major disruption to our homes and businesses by causing a powercut.

To report a power cut, find out more information about power cuts or talk about concerns with underground electricity cables or substations, please dial 105 free of charge. You can also visit powercut105.com for more information.