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.
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 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?
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 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:
Flood water can rise quickly, stay calm and reassure those around you. Call 999 if you are in danger.
Protect what you can
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.
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:
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.
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 of highways across Bolsover District is the responsibility of the Highways Authority, which is Derbyshire County Council.
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.
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
Use salt or sand - not water
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
Offer to clear your neighbours’ paths
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.
For general traffic and weather conditions information tune into your local radio station on the following frequencies: