In an emergency response situation, the Council can offer technical advice and temporary accommodation for evacuees, if required. It can also lead on the recovery of a damaged area to a state of normality.
A copy of the Council's emergency response plan can be downloaded on the right hand side of this page.
A major emergency is something that seriously affects people, buildings or the environment and could include:
Major emergencies can happen with little or no warning and have the potential to seriously disrupt the lives of individuals and communities.
The Council provides support to the emergency services during major emergencies, as well as information and advice to residents and businesses before, during and after an emergency.
The Council works closely with the emergency services, other agencies and neighbouring districts to regularly assess the threats and risks to our communities, which are contained in the Local Resilience Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Risk Register.
This helps us to put together plans to respond to incidents and deal with the community's recovery after the event.
For more information on how the Council works, you can watch these videos.
While every effort will be made to emergency responders to help a community during an incident, unfortunately resources may be stretched or some time away. Communities are encouraged to prepare for emergencies and to consider how they can support each other.
Devon County Council has been working with Devon Communities Together to set up the Devon Community Resilience Forum. Guidance, Templates and Case Studies on writing a community emergency plan and the forum also provides contact with others who have already written their plan who may be able to help you.
The Preparing for Emergencies Guidance which can be found here gives advice on how to help protect yourself, your family and home in an emergency such as:
There is also a template which can be used to prepare a personal flood plan.
The important things to remember are:
Do you know how to contact the rest of your family in an emergency and where will you meet?
Have you got an emergency bag and do you know what you might need for up to 72 hours out of your home such as:
Make sure you have moved important documents such as those below to a safe place.
Important financial documents