In the event of a major emergency, Derry City and Strabane District Council can help in a number of ways:
- make buildings such as leisure and community centres available to people
- provide health and safety advice on cleaning up after major flooding or pollution
- assess structural damage to buildings, and
- co-ordinate and lead multi-agency meetings to plan recovery.
Preparing for an emergency
In a major emergency, it may be some time before the emergency services can help you.
A household emergency plan gives you a list of useful contact numbers in an emergency and also tells you what you should have in your household emergency pack.
Keep your completed plan somewhere safe where you can easily find it in an emergency.
For more information check the following:
What to do in an emergency
If there's an emergency, remember to:
- stay calm, reassure others and think before acting
- don't put yourself or others in danger
- follow the advice of the emergency services
- if people are injured or there is a threat to life call 999 or 112.
If there is a fire or other danger in your building, quickly and calmly leave by the nearest safe route and move to a safe location away from the building. Do not try to return until the emergency services tell you it is safe to do so.
Critical Care Registers
If you or someone in your family relies on electricity or water due to a medical condition you should sign up to the NI Electricity or NI Water critical care registers. Examples include people on a ventilator or with a stair lift or electric hoist in their home.
NI Electricity – To find out who is eligible and how to register visit www.nie.co.uk or by call 08457 643 643.
NI Water – To find out who is eligible and how to register visit www.niwater.com or call Waterline on 08457 44 00 88.
In an emergency, friends, neighbours and members of the local community often work together to help each other. Derry City and Strabane District Council work with various communities to develop their own Community Resilience Plans for their area. These plans support communities to help themselves and assist responding agencies during and after an emergency event.
Employers have a responsibility for the safety and security of their staff. All businesses should have arrangements in place to deal with the impact of a major incident or disaster.
If you require any further information on developing your own Business Continuity Plan you can contact the Council’s Emergency Planning Officer on 028 71253253.
You can find guidance on preparing your business for emergencies on the NI Business Info website.
All schools shall have plans to cope with local emergencies such as fire and flood. Make sure you find out in advance what your school’s emergency arrangements are, where you can collect you child if not at school and what arrangements they have if you cannot collect your child during the emergency.
For further information contact
Emergency Planning Officer
98 Strand Road
Telephone: 02871 253253