The City Council maintains an Corporate Emergency Plan that specifies how the City Council will respond to any incident. View details of City Council plans.
Our key partners also have their own similar response plans and documents that describe the roles and responsibilities of officers and the agency when responding to an incident.
A number of plans have been developed with our partners to improve and share our joint arrangements for response and recovery. The task is made easier by virtue of the fact that officers from these key agencies are seconded into the Birmingham Resilience Team and the plans include:
- Working Together is a framework document that outlines in detail the roles and responsibilities of a range of agencies in most response situations. Download the full document, Working Together V4 2013.
- A City Centre Evacuation Plan.
- A City Centre CBRN Plan which outlines multi-agency arrangements should there be a CBRN incident within the city Centre.
- A Multi-Agency Recovery Plan which describes arrangements for a range of agencies during recovery from a major incident.
- A multi-agency plan for dealing with flooding incidents.
- Our multi-agency arrangements for an Influenza Pandemic
The agencies of the Birmingham Resilience Group are also keen to ensure that important and popular sites, and events across the city are well covered by multi-agency emergency response arrangements and a number of sites are currently under assessment.
The Equalities Act came into force October 2010. The Act applies to all services and public functions, education, associations, premises and work environments. The Act provides protection from discrimination on the basis of ‘protected characteristics’: age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.
The Act makes specific provision for the Public Sector Equality Duty to have due regard to the need to:
• Eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation;
• Advance Equality of Opportunity;
• Foster good relations.
Having due regard means consciously thinking about the three aims of the Equality Duty as part of the process of decision-making. This means that consideration of equality issues must influence the decisions reached by the local authority – such as in how it acts as an employer; how it develops, evaluates and reviews its policy; how it designs, delivers and evaluates services, and how it commissions and procures from others. Within Birmingham City Council, all services and functions must be analysed using a defined procedure, referred to as an Equality Analysis. More information on the Council’s processes for ensuring compliance with The Equality Act can be found at www.birmingham.gov.uk. Alternatively, the www.equalityhumanrights.com/ea2010 website contains the Equality Commission’s guidance.
In line with Council procedures Birmingham Resilience Team maintains equalities documentation which relates to corporate resilience plans and procedures, these are reviewed regularly based on customer feedback, monitoring of service take-up/satisfaction, legislative or policy changes, efficiencies and budget cuts etc, which would necessarily involve EA as part of the review process. Individual directorates retain responsibility for legislative compliance, including equalities, H&S, etc., in relation to the deployment of staff and resources as part of the Council’s emergency response and recovery activities. Birmingham Resilience Team liaises with internal and external colleagues regarding continued assurance of Equalities Act compliance. All BCC directorates are required to publish equalities documentation.
Birmingham Resilience Team makes available some of our most important information leaflets in a number of community lanaguages;
Birmingham Resilience Team also attends many community events and meetings throughout the year providing advice and information about being more prepared for emergencies to see some of the events attended http://www.birminghamprepared.gov.uk/category/events/?evm=12&evy=2012
Where practical and possible, all multi-agency emergency plans need to address specific needs of our citizens. However, it should be noted that in emergency situations, whilst due regard is given to equalities compliance, during emergency situations the priorities will always focus on saving life and safety.
Equality Impact Needs Assessment – Birmingham Resilience Team, Birmingham City Council