Civil emergencies - major accident
The terrible events of September 11, 2001 in New York
highlighted that the modern world is still an unsafe place. There
are a multitude of potential risks and so emergencies will
To illustrate this further, between 1988 and April 1989 the
following disasters occurred:
- piper Alpha oil platform fire
- the Lockerbie Disaster
- the Clapham rail crash
- the Kegworth air accident; and
- the Hillsborough football stadium tragedy
The council recognises that there is an need for effective
planning for civil emergencies to ensure the efficient and speedy
management of the response to these incidents between all the
possible agencies; the Police, Fire Brigade, Ambulance Service, the
council, utilities providers and voluntary agencies.
The purpose of the council's emergency planning is to provide
staff with the plans, procedures and information they will require
to enable them to ameliorate the effects of any major emergency
occurring within St.Helens, whilst allowing council services to
continue to provide as far as possible their usual day to day
The council's emergency plans set out the information,
procedures and details required to ensure an effective, flexible
and timely response to an emergency thus reducing to a minimum the
distress and disruption caused by such an incident.
If you require any further information on the council's
emergency planning, please use the contact details on the
Major emergency arrangements
The one thing you can be sure of in an emergency situation is
that it will probably be the last thing that you expected. Floods,
severe weather, transport accidents (air, sea, road, rail) or
incidents involving dangerous chemicals usually strike without
This guide explains simple steps everyone should take to be
ready when an emergency strikes. It explains easy safety measures,
how to reduce damage to property and what to do if you have to
shelter in your home or move out of your home until danger has
passed. Remember your own preparations and self-help are essential
and critical factors in dealing with any emergency.
This simple guide aims to help people cope with the unexpected
and assist the emergency services in dealing quickly and
efficiently with major emergencies.
Dealing with an emergency
Whatever the situation, it is important to be ready to follow
the instructions from the Police and other emergency services.
Planning for an emergency is never easy because no-one can predict
what might happen - a major road, train, air or river accident; a
serious fire; violent storms; flooding or another dangerous
incident. Whatever happens, it will almost certainly mean police,
fire and ambulance services in the front line of a tough
Although every incident is different, they will operate in
accordance with procedures set out in the Emergency Services Major
Incident Procedure Manual.
These procedures are constantly being updated, and the Council
has its own plans for mobilising social services, housing, highways
and environmental health. Public utilities, voluntary organisations
and many businesses also have their own emergency plans.
An emergency incident might mean evacuating an area and
providing temporary accommodation. Rest centres may need to be set
up, food and blankets provided and information given to anxious
relatives. Someone has to be ready to reunite families who may be
parted by an emergency situation, perhaps because the children were
at school or some people at work.
Arranging all this is the job of the emergency services
supported by the Council and many other public, private and
Radio and TV - warning the public
In major emergency situations, it may be necessary to issue
warnings and advice to the public. Such messages would normally be
broadcast on relevant radio and TV channels.
Remember to cater for power cuts - you should have a
battery-operated radio and know how to tune in to your local