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A fuel shortage that occurs over a period of more than a week
could disrupt the supply and production of fuel within Medway. A
prolonged dispute would be likely to affect the fuelling of
vehicles used by emergency services and essential service
The disruption of the fuel supply could be a result of many
- an industrial dispute
- a targeted disruptive protest
- an overseas supply failure or refusal to supply fuel
- an industrial accident.
The impact of a fuel shortage was highlighted by the fuel price
protests in 2001 and a number of lessons were learned that now
inform the day-to-day operations of Kent
Resilience Forum members.
A fuel shortage is considered a national threat and is being
dealt with on a national scale. A number of exercises are planned
to test regional resilience.
The utility companies are members of the Kent Resilience Forum
and are in regular discussion with Medway Council's Emergency
Planning Team and the emergency services.