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Prepare for an emergency

Everyone should be aware that emergencies can affect individuals, families and communities without warning. 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.

Events that could happen include:

  • weather related (floods, storms, heavy snow, heatwave)
  • public safety (fire, unexploded bomb, terrorism, explosion, chemical/nuclear attack)
  • disease (pandemic flu or animal disease)
  • major transport incident (road,rail,air)
  • loss of essential services (electric,gas or water)

Our Resilience & Emergency Planning team have produced a booklet which is available to download to advise you how to prepare for these situations.

In Case of Emergency (ICE) contacts

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.

  1. Firstly Dudley Emergency Planning Team have a credit card sized, ICE Card, available to the public, which can be filled in with your family or friends contact details so that the Emergency Services can make contact with them if you are unable to give personal details. This eventuality could happen if you are unconscious or cannot give details of allergies etc.  These are available from libraries within Dudley or contact us to request one.
  2. Alternatively you can put the word ICE into the phone book of your mobile phone with the contact number you wish for your closest member of family or friend, the emergency services are aware of this system, especially the Ambulance Service.

Community Resilience

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.