Environmental problems

Emergency planning

Category 1 responders:

Hertfordshire Resilience has been established following the introduction of the Civil Contingencies Act, which came into force in November 2005.  The Act requires Category 1 Responders (Emergency Services, NHS, Environment Agency and Local Authorities) to work together to:

  • Assess the risk of emergencies occurring and use this to inform contingency planning;
  • Put in place emergency plans;
  • Put in place Business Continuity Management arrangements;
  • Put in place arrangements to make information available to the public about civil protection matters and maintain arrangements to warn, inform and advise the public in the event of an emergency;
  • Share information with other local responders to enhance co-ordination;
  • Co-operate with other local responders to enhance co-ordination and efficiency; and
  • Provide advice and assistance to businesses and voluntary organisations about business continuity management (Local Authorities only).

Category 2 responders:

Category 2 Responders (e.g. Health and Safety Executive, transport and utility companies) are "co-operating bodies" and are less likely to be involved in the heart of planning work but will be heavily involved in incidents that affect their sector.

For more information on how to prepare for any emergency, visit the Hertfordshire Resilience page on the Hertfordshire County Council website. 

The British Red Cross has set up a Community Reserve Volunteer programme for anyone interested in helping in their community during a crisis. More information about this programme is available on the British Red Cross website.

Local radio stations:

Hertfordshire Resilience and the county's radio stations work together to make sure that they can give out accurate and up to date information to keep people fully informed on what do if there is a major incident.