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All 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
Medway Council supports the emergency services in the event of a
major incident through close working partnerships and membership of
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
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
'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