3. Local authorities

A local authority Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) usually co-ordinates the local authority response. We follow Emergency Plans which specify internal staff roles and responsibilities to ensure an effective response.  These plans are reviewed and tested regularly.

Local authorities' roles

The initial role of the local authorities, in responding to an emergency, is to support the emergency services and, later, to lead the recovery.  In an emergency with widespread effects (eg involving more than one district), or large enough to overwhelm district council resources, we will fulfil the principal co-ordinating function. In these circumstances we may also deploy a local authority liaison officer (LALO) responsible for passing on all requests for local authority services and assistance, and co-ordinating local authority participation at the incident.

Our responsibilities include:

  • Highways (excluding motorways and trunk roads) including bridges and diversions
  • Co-ordinating transport and catering facilities
  • Co-ordinating the voluntary agencies
  • Providing counselling and support for those affected assisting other agencies and individuals
  • Identification of emergency mortuary location
  • Media handling (with the police)
  • Communications and co-ordination facilities

The district council assists our response through its own responsibilities which include identifying and operating emergency rest centres, providing short and long-term accommodation, environmental health support and supplementing communications and co-ordination.

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Last updated: 12 March 2019

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