Preparing for emergencies

During a major emergency, the responding emergency services, local authority and other agencies may not be able to reach everybody right away. Therefore it is vital that families, individuals and communities take action to prepare themselves and their families for emergency situations.

The emergency services may need to evacuate your home, or indeed your whole neighbourhood, or possibly even confine you to your property until the danger has passed.

The government and emergency response agencies are working hard to ensure they are as prepared as they can be in the event of an emergency but it is important that you are ready too. By being informed and prepared, you can significantly reduce the risk to you, your family, and your community.

Planning ahead is something we all do in our everyday lives in case things go wrong or don't turn out the way we expected. Preparing for emergencies is much the same – it’s about being ready for bad situations should they happen.

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council has a corporate response plan, but does hold specific plans for incidents such as floods, heatwave and pandemic flu.