Whilst the emergency services and other responding agencies will be involved in planning for and responding to emergencies, there are also steps you can take to ensure you are as prepared as you can be to cope as well as possible with an emergency or major incident. For further information and advice you can visit the Staffordshire Prepared website (external link) where there is a section dedicated to advice to the public.
Many people will be familiar with the concept of risk from their place of work, with risk assessments firmly embedded into most cultures. One of the duties of Category 1 Responders under the Civil Contingencies Act is to conduct risk assessments on a wider basis, looking at what risks and hazards exist to the community within the context of emergencies. Staffordshire Resilience Forum has produced a Community Risk Register for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. This can be found at Staffordshire Prepared Risk Register. (external link)
In addition to the work of the Staffordshire Prepared Community Risk Register, Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council has also developed a Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Local Community Risk Register (PDF 301kb) which shows risks relevant for the Borough.
The top risks for the Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme are as follows:
- Pandemic type disease
- Severe space weather
- Surface water flooding
Last updated 21 September 2017