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Emergency Planning

Emergencies come in all shapes and sizes and when we least expect them. They can vary from severe weather disruption and flooding to loss of premises and power failure to chemical leaks and explosions.

If an emergency occurs, as a local authority, we have a vital role to play in helping to keep you safe, provide information on what to do, keep local services operating as much as possible and keep you informed off the situation.

Together with our partners, we prepare for such emergencies by attending regular training and exercises so we can ensure we are prepared and there is a co-ordinated and efficient response. As a local council we also have plans in place to deal with such emergencies.

The Derbyshire Prepared website will provide you with a one-stop shop of information and advice to help you better prepare for any emergency in Bolsover District and the county of Derbyshire.

Business Continuity

We deliver many vital services to the people within our community. To ensure we can continue to provide key services in the event of an emergency, such as severe weather disruption, loss of premises or power failure we have produced a Joint Strategic Alliance Business Continuity Plan (129kb) with North East Derbyshire District Council. The plan identifies critical functions and the steps that need to be taken to ensure continued service delivery.

Business continuity advice for businesses can be found on the Derbyshire Prepared website.

Flooding

Flooding can ruin people's lives and homes and is one of the most devastating natural acts that can occur. Many people live in flood risk areas and here we provide information on preparing for a flood, where help is available from and also on cleaning up after the event. If you live along a riverbank there is always the possibility that bad weather will threaten your property with flooding - but what can you do to prepare?

Flood warnings
The first thing to do is register to receive Flood Warnings from the Environment Agency so you know exactly where and what is happening. If flooding is forecast the warning is issued using these four codes:

  • Flood watch - flooding is possible. Be aware! Be prepared!
  • Flood warning - flooding is expected affecting homes, businesses and main roads. Act now!
  • Severe flood warning - severe flooding expected. Imminent danger to life and property. Act now!
  • All clear - Issued when there are no flood warnings in force or flood water levels are re-ceding.

For real-time flood warnings and advice you can call the Environment Agency’s Floodline on 0845 988 1188. The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week and provides flood warnings direct to you by telephone, mobile, email, SMS text message, fax or pager.

How can I be prepared
You can prepare for flooding by following these three simple steps:

You can also refer to our Flood Protection Policy which will tell you how we will assist if an area becomes flooded.

You must always listen to and act on the advice of the emergency services and follow these simple steps:

  1. Put people before property. Move your family and pets upstairs, with a means of escape.
  2. Gather essential items (like water, blankets, a torch, first aid kit, essential medication and food) and put them out of the way of flood water to keep dry.
  3. Listen to local radio for updates or call Floodline on 0845 988 1188.
  4. Put plugs in sinks and baths. Weigh them down with a sandbag, a pillowcase or plastic bag filled with garden soil, or a heavy object to avoid water backing up through drains into sinks and toilets.
  5. Turn off gas, electricity and water supplies when flood water is about to enter your home if safe to do so. DO NOT touch sources of electricity when standing in flood water.

Flood water can rise quickly, stay calm and reassure those around you. Call 999 if you are in danger.

Protect what you can
Move important items to safety and put flood protection equipment in place when there is a flood warning. If you are using flood protection equipment, follow manufacturer instructions carefully to help stop the flood water.

  • Take items upstairs or to a high point in your property
  • Safely store important documents such as insurance papers
  • Move items of personal value such as photos, family videos or treasured mementos
  • Move lightweight household belongings you can pick up easily and quickly
  • Move items of furniture that are expensive or harder to repair before cheaper ones
  • If possible, move your outside belongings to higher ground
  • If the flood water hasn't reached you, move your car to higher ground and move outdoor pets to safety
  • Help stop water entering your home by putting plugs in sinks and baths and weigh them down with a sandbag, a pillowcase or plastic bag filled with garden soil, or a heavy object. This will stop water/sewerage backing up through blocked or overloaded systems into your sinks and toilets
  • If you do not have non-return valves fitted plug water inlet pipes with towels or cloths
  • Disconnect any equipment that uses water (like washing machines and dishwashers)

You can also keep up to date on any floods that occur in Bolsover district or across Derbyshire by visiting the Derbyshire Prepared website or for further detailed advice and information please visit the Environment Agency website.

Terrorism

There have been a number of terrorist attacks in the United Kingdom in the last 20 years and terrorism is still a threat. The UK security services assess the current UK threat level to give a broad indication of the likelihood of an attack using the following scale:

  • Low - an attack is unlikely;
  • Moderate - an attack is possible, but not likely;
  • Substantial - an attack is a strong possibility;
  • Severe - an attack is highly likely; and
  • Critical - an attack is expected imminently

A terrorist attack could occur anywhere using a variety of means. The terrorist strategy is to generate fear and prevent or disrupt us from going about our ordinary lives and business. In reality attacks are rare, but well-reported in the media.

Who decides the threat levels?

The Security Service (MI5) is responsible for setting the threat level of terrorism related to Northern Ireland, both in Northern Ireland and in Great Britain. The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) is responsible for setting the threat level from international terrorism.

To do this, they consider information gathered through intelligence in the UK and abroad. They also consider how terrorist organisations have behaved in the past. In some cases, counter-terrorism officials have to use their best judgement when deciding just how close a terrorist group might be to staging an attack. Threat levels do not have an expiry date, and can be revised at any time as the information available to security agents' changes.

Together with Derbyshire Constabulary, we are committed to protecting our local communities and keeping them safe. The current threat from terrorism and other violent extremism requires us all to look out for activity or behaviour which strikes us as out of place in normal day to day life and to report it to the police.

Terrorism is a crime - if you suspect it, report it! Don't rely on others. If you suspect it, report it.

Winter Weather

Over the past couple of years we have faced some of the most extreme winters seen in a generation. We have our own plans and are prepared for the worst again, but we want you to be prepared and here we offer you some advice on how you can be prepared for winter.

 Gritting

Gritting of highways across Bolsover District is the responsibility of the Highways Authority, which is Derbyshire County Council.

 What are Bolsover District Council's responsibilities?

During adverse weather conditions we have a Winter Maintenance Policy (130kb) that outlines what areas and priorities we are responsible for and will deal with.

 Clearing snow and ice from pavements yourself

Anyone can clear snow and ice from the pavement outside their home or public spaces to prevent slips and falls. Follow the snow code to clear snow and ice safely.

Don’t be put off clearing paths because you’re afraid someone will get injured. Remember, people walking on snow and ice have a responsibility to be careful themselves. Follow the advice below to make sure you clear the pathway safely and effectively. And don’t believe the myths - it's unlikely you'll be sued or held legally responsible for any injuries if you have cleared the path carefully.

Clear the snow and ice early in the day
It’s easier to move fresh, loose snow rather than hard snow that has packed together from people walking on it. So if possible, start removing the snow and ice in the morning. If you remove the top layer of snow in the morning, any sunshine during the day will help melt any ice beneath. You can then cover the path with salt before nightfall to stop it refreezing overnight.

Use salt or sand - not water
Don’t make the pathways more dangerous by causing them to refreeze. If you use water to melt the snow, it may refreeze and turn to black ice. Black ice increases the risk of injuries as it is invisible and very slippery.

You can melt snow or prevent black ice by spreading some salt on the area you have cleared. You can use ordinary table or dishwasher salt - a tablespoon for each square metre you clear should work. Don’t use the salt found in salting bins - this will be needed to keep the roads clear.

Be careful not to spread salt on plants or grass as it may damage them.

If you don’t have enough salt, you can also use sand or ash. These won’t stop the path icing over as effectively as salt, but will provide good grip underfoot.

Take care where you move the snow
When you’re shovelling snow, take care where you put it so it doesn’t block people’s paths or drains. Make sure you make a path down the middle of the area to be cleared first, so you have a clear surface to walk on. Then shovel the snow from the centre of the path to the sides.

Offer to clear your neighbours’ paths
If your neighbour will have difficulty getting in and out of their home, offer to clear snow and ice around their property as well. Check that any elderly or disabled neighbours are alright in the cold weather. If you’re worried about them, try contacting their relatives or friends. If that fails contact the Police on 999.

 Protecting your home

When the weather turns colder, it is a good time to think about what winter weather preparations you, your family and community may need to make.

  • Check that pipes are adequately lagged
  • Check that you have ordered your winter heating fuel
  • Check that you know where your stoptap is located
  • Find out if you are entitled to grants and subsidies for home heating and insulation

 Winter driving tips

  • Only travel if your journey is necessary - could you use public transport instead?
  • Check Teletext or listen to local radio for the latest weather and travel information.
  • In icy conditions slow down, steer gently and avoid harsh braking.
  • Use dipped headlights if driving during snowfalls.
  • Ensure your windscreen is free of frost and ice.
  • Check your lights are clean and in working order and your windscreen washer is full.
  • Get a garage to check your car battery is in a good condition.
  • If going on a long journey take a shovel, torch, wellington boots, warm clothing, food and a hot drink.
  • If you break down, stay with your vehicle until help arrives.
  • If you have to leave the vehicle make yourself visible to other road users.

 Media information

For general traffic and weather conditions information tune into your local radio station on the following frequencies:

  • BBC Radio Derby FM 95.3, 96.0, 104.5; MW 1116
  • BBC Radio Nottingham FM 95.5, 103.8, MW 1584
  • BBC Radio Sheffield FM 88.6, 94.7, 104.1; MW 1035
  • BBC GM FM 95.1, 104.6
  • Peak 107 FM 102.0, 107.4
  • Hallam FM 97.4, 102.9
  • Ram FM 102.8
  • Century 106 FM 106.0
  • Smooth Radio 106.6 FM 101.4, 106.6
  • Mansfield FM 103.2
  • Key 103 FM 103.0
  • Trax FM 107.9.

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Emergency Planning contacts

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