Emergencies can happen at any time and often with very little or no notice. When they do happen, the emergency services, Dudley Council and partner agencies work together to protect life, property and the environment and look after the welfare of people in affected communities.
We ask all members of the community to be aware of the possibility of emergencies occurring within the locality of their homes, workplace, educational establishments or within their social activities.
An emergency can be difficult to define as what one person may consider an emergency, another may not. Emergencies are usually events that cannot be dealt with under normal working arrangements, requiring a co-ordinated and cohesive response.
Dudley Council works within the framework set by the Civil Contingencies Act 2004, which provides a single statutory framework for civil protection in the UK at a local level.
If you are involved in an emergency situation and are unable to give rescuers your details it is suggested you do one of two things to help yourself in these instances.
The Preparing for emergencies: guide for communities framework provides you with guidance on why and how you can help your community to be prepared and help that may be available to support community preparedness. The community emergency plan toolkit also provides a step-by-step guide on producing a community emergency plan.
You may also find the West Midlands Conurbation Local Resilience Forum a useful resource.