Dorney Parish Council Meeting: 21 September 2021
Cllr. Palmer confirmed that there will be a meeting in October to further the draft plan. It has been decided to split Dorney into four areas with ‘Community Rest Centres’ in each area to make the plan successful. More to follow in the October meeting.
June 2021: Dorney Parish Council, with the kind assistance of community volunteers, will prepare a similar, simple Dorney Emergency Plan shortly.
In April 2020, Bucks Council agreed the Buckinghamshire Council Emergency Plan.
There is an implication in it that local councils (such as parish councils) should prepare a simple, supportive plan – alongside the Bucks Emergency Plan.
The stated purpose and role of a County/Parish Emergency Plan (from the Bucks Emergency Plan) are:
Role of the Local Authority (Parish Council) in an Emergency
The purpose of the Council’s emergency response is:
‘To provide an effective and coordinated Council response to an emergency affecting the community, in support of the combined multi-agency response, in order to manage the immediate effects of the emergency, mitigate the impact of the emergency – especially on the vulnerable – and hasten the return to normality through the recovery process’.
The role of a local authority during an emergency may be summarised as:
- Supporting the emergency services and other organisations involved in the immediate response, including:
- Assistance in the evacuation of the local community.
- Provision of premises for reception centres.
- Clearance of debris and restoration of roadways, provision of engineering services and emergency signing.
- Structural advice, and making safe or demolition of dangerous structures.
- Provision of a Temporary Mortuary.
- Communicating with the Public.
- Providing support services for the community and others affected by the incident. This could include:
- Provision of Emergency Rest Centres, with food and beverages, beds, and welfare services.
- Provision of a Humanitarian Assistance Centre for the dissemination of information and support to those affected by the emergency.
- Provision of emergency sanitation and hygiene services.
- Re-housing of those made homeless, in both the short and long term.
- Inspection of housing.
- Environmental health management.
- Implementation of measures to control the spread of disease.
- Clearance and mitigation of pollution incidents.
- Enabling the community to recover and return to normality as soon as possible.
Dorney Parish Council have noted other parish councils who have prepared an Emergency Plan and will be guided by their examples. One of these parish councils is Plumtree Parish Council (Nottinghamshire). Their Emergency Plan may be found on this link.