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Emergency Planning

Emergency Services

If you need emergency assistance, contact the emergency services by dialling 999, and ask for the Police, Fire, Ambulance or Coastguard.

Winter Weather and Flooding Advice

One of the most frequently encountered emergencies is localised flooding. The drainage and coastal department at the Council provides advice for residents and businesses on dealing with flooding. For more information visit Drainage and flooding advice

There is also a wealth of information available from the Environment Agency . They have a leaflet entitled Flooding: before,during and after a flood which includes practical advice on what to do to protect you and your property from flooding. Public Health England also have advice Cleaning up safely following flooding

There is seasonal

Emergency Information and Recovery Advice

It's a good idea to keep a list of all your personal information and contact numbers handy in case you have to leave home in a hurry. Here's a useful leaflet for householders explaining what you can do A Clear Plan

More general information on recovery, including insurance is here Recovery Information

Our Role

The Emergency Planning Unit co-ordinates planning, training and exercises to ensure rapid response in an emergency and full recovery to normality afterwards.

In a major emergency the Council has a significant role in supporting and co-ordinating the response of a large number of services and organisations. This includes:

  • Providing support to the Emergency Services.
  • Providing support services to the community affected.
  • Maintaining normal services at an appropriate level to the unaffected part of the community.
  • Mitigating the effects of the emergency.
  • Organising the recovery and return to normality of the community; including co-ordination of the activities of all involved.
  • Organising the recovery and return to normality of Council services.
  • Working closely with other local authorities in Devon, voluntary organisations and the emergency services to prepare and validate the Council's and other local responders Emergency Plans. 

The Council's own arrangements are detailed in the Corporate Emergency Plan, which you can view in the downloads on the right.

Other Emergency Agencies

We work with the Local Resilience Forum (LRF), a multi agency group chaired by the Police, covering Devon, Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly. The LRF have a plan the Combined Agency Emergency Response Plan and a Community Risk Register which gives details of the major risks and associated mitigation for our area.

Oil Pollution

The Council has plans in place to manage any oil spill  in cooperation with other neighbouring local authorities. The response to a large scale incident would be a co-ordinated effort led by the national Maritime and Coastguard Agency with contributions from many environmental and conservation agencies.

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Community Resilience 'Self Help' Plans

Many parishes and towns within Teignbridge have their own 'Emergency Committee' and an emergency plan. You can see more information here Community Resilience , or contact your local parish or town council.

Organising Safe Community Events

We work with local Parish and Town Councils, and the Emergency Services in reviewing plans for major local public events, e.g. carnivals, beach events and community shows. This involves many areas of the Council including Licensing, Leisure & Tourism and Countryside Management to ensure that sites are suitable, safe and fully restored after the event. If you want to organise an event all the information you need is available here Event Organiser Information

Helping Local Businesses

The Emergency Planning Unit is also responsible for providing advice on Business Continuity to the local business community and local voluntary organisations.