1. Introduction

Definition of an emergency

An emergency/major incident is any event or circumstance (happening with or without warning) that causes or threatens death or injury, disruption to the community, or damage to property or to the environment on such a scale that the effect cannot be dealt with by the emergency services, local authorities and other organisations as part of their normal day-to day activities.


County Councils, district councils and emergency services have an emergency response structure. Although there is no statutory requirement for a local community to produce an emergency plan, they are encouraged, by county and district councils and emergency services, to develop one. A Community Emergency Plan documents how a community would respond to an emergency situation, utilising local knowledge and goodwill e.g. while awaiting the assistance of statutory authorities /emergency services, or in support of them. This plan has been developed by Rudston Parish Council and it covers the geographical area of the parish of Rudston.


To increase resilience within the local community through developing a robust co-ordinated approach that complements the plans of emergency services and statutory organisations.

  • Identify the risks to the community and relevant response actions
  • Identify vulnerable people / groups in the community
  • Identify resources in the community available to assist during an emergency
  • Provide key contact details for the Community Response Team, Key Community Resources, the Emergency Services and Local Authorities


There are three elements of roles considered within this plan:

  1. Co-ordination
  2. Out and About
  3. Welfare

Their roles and leads for each area are highlighted in Appendix 1 3.


Types of emergencies that would have an impact on our community are:

  • Flood
  • Village cut off, e.g. by snow
  • Major incident involving explosion, RTI, etc.
  • Loss of electricity or gas for more than a day
  • Pandemic illness, e.g. severe flu