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Dudley's Major Emergency Plan provides a framework for the response of the Council and its partners to a major incident in the borough or affecting the borough communities.

The plan is supported by a number of plans that are specific to particular services that the council provides

  • Severe weather plan
  • Rest centre plan
  • Pandemic influenza response plan
  • Dudley multi-agency flood response plan
  • Public information & media plan
  • Humanitarian assistance centre plan
  • Transport procedure – including use of 4 x 4 vehicles
  • Recovery plan
  • Dudley borough town centres evacuation plan
  • Chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear & explosive recovery plan (CBRNE)
  • Excess deaths plan
  • Temporary mortuary plan
  • Fuel disruption plan

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Risk Assessment

Risk assessment is the first step in the emergency planning and Business Continuity planning process. It ensures responding organisations make plans that are sound and proportionate to the risks that exist within the West Midlands.

There is a duty on the Local Authority, as a Category 1 responder under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004, to assess the risk of an emergency within or affecting the geographical area for which it has responsibility.

Dudley Metropolitan Borough has undertaken an analysis of the risks within its geographical boundaries taking into account national and regional risk assessments. This assessment has been discussed with the other Category 1 responders locally.

Risk assessment is not a static process and is subject to constant review as local and national circumstances dictate. This information will therefore be updated as and when it is practical and sensible to do so.

Emergency Accommodation

In an emergency the council will provide emergency accommodation for those who have been evacuated from their homes and have nowhere else to go.

Almost 100 public buildings in the borough have been identified for this purpose.

Volunteer staff are trained to operate rest centres to ensure your welfare whilst using these buildings.

When you attend a centre you will be given a leaflet explaining what happens, a copy of this is attached for information.

If the incident requires it the following centres may also be opened:

Survivors Centre - For those caught up in an incident they will be taken to a survivor centre where they may be interviewed as eye witnesses by the police.

Family and Friends Centre - For those family and friends who are seeking information of those involved in an incident.

Elected Members

Councillors are an important link with the community and in any emergency it is important that those elected members are aware of the developing situation, and if requested can inform the community of the actions being taken by the council to mitigate the effects to the community that the situation has created.

In order to do this the council has planned to keep elected members informed of the situation. It must of course be remembered that the emergency services will be dealing with the incident in the immediate aftermath, and details will no doubt be limited as the concentration will be on rescue and dealing with the incident. It is important that people do not attend the incident but stay away and tune into radio and television for initial updates in accordance with the Public Information and Media Plan, outlined elsewhere on these information pages.

Councillors will become involved with the rebuilding of the community in due course as well as other individuals and organisations, and it is important that the community feeds into the recovery phase of an incident through their elected representatives.

Recovery Following Major Incident

Once the immediate emergency has been dealt with the council is responsible for leading local communities in returning to normal. Depending on the nature of the incident and the type of damage that has been done the requirements for recovery can vary.

The council has developed a process and a series of plans to involve communities in recovering, for example, the Humanitarian Assistance Centre Plan and the Crisis Support Team who can give emotional and psychological support.

Hazardous Substances

Accidental Release

The release of toxic substances into the atmosphere from whatever source may be visible or invisible, once detected attempts to measure density, determine flume spread and identify the pollutant and its origin can be undertaken. The direction of the plume can be mapped but the consequences to the public, animals and flora are not always known until after the event.

All fires produce smoke and it is not always easy to identify what is contained in that smoke due to the varying substances burning.

Toxic substances produced as a result of failure in chemical processes can be dangerous.

Toxic clouds from static, transport hazards or any other source constitute an unmanageable and unpredictable danger.

Terrorist Activity Release

Terrorist activities can take many forms one of these is the placing of bombs or the reporting of bombs, these are meant to maim or kill or alternatively to cause maximum disruption to everyday life and industry and commerce, whilst promoting the cause of the organisation.

Bombing may include the planting of explosives at specific targets, the delivery of devices to addresses in either letters or parcel (these may be explosive or incendiary) or the use of missiles.

In more recent times there is the threat from organisations using bombs, which may carry radiation, chemical, or biological contaminates, the so-called dirty bomb. There is also the threat of human bombs or kamikaze acts.

In recent years the threat from extremist organisations has changed from the intent to cause disruption to society to a threat to human life. The use of suicide bombs are now a real threat.

Planning for such eventualities

The decontamination of people is a responsibility of the Fire Service but the clean up of the environment would become the responsibility of the council. The council has a plan in place that would be used to assist in this decontamination process.