City Council Emergency Plans
Birmingham City Council Corporate Emergency Plan
This plan provides an overview of the council’s emergency management procedures and details of related plans and procedures developed by the council and its partners.
• Birmingham City Council maintains a 24hr response to emergencies. For emergencies not managed by a single service or as part of “day to day” provision for such events, the Council’s first point of contact is the Emergency Planning Duty Officer who is on standby 24/7. The Emergency Planning Officer is trained and equipped to deal with minor emergencies and to initiate escalation procedures in the event of a major emergency or major business disruption.
• The response to any emergency is scalable and resources can quickly be activated. An activation can include some or all of the following:
o A management (command and control) structure; Gold (Strategic), Silver (Tactical) and Bronze (Operational) officer / teams.
o A Council Emergency Co-ordination Centre to accommodate the Silver (Tactical) Team.
o The BRT Emergency Response Vehicle to provide basic resources at the scene.
o Activation of corporate emergency response role volunteers, e.g. message handlers, radio operatives.
o Directorate / Service area based response capabilities, e.g. building surveyors.
o Council officers activated to represent the Council at multi-agency command locations e.g. a Strategic Co-ordination Centre or the WMP Events Control Suite.
o Activation of specialist emergency response capabilities, e.g. rest centres, crisis support workers, etc.
o A range of communications and information management support including radio communications, satellite phones, Birmingham Community Alert or AIMS (computerised incident management system).
o Liaison with other local authorities for mutual aid support or military assistance in some circumstances.
• Additional plans are in place for specific emergencies / business disruptions or locations and are summarised as appendices within the plan.
• The role of the local authority is diverse and common functions during emergencies include:
o Provision of temporary emergency shelter and accommodation.
o Welfare and practical support (e.g. food, personal supplies, crisis support).
o Provision of information to the public including media liaison, (e.g. establishment of media centres or helplines).
o Road closures, diversions and other highway duties.
o Access to transport including specialist transport.
o Access to machinery, equipment, contractors and contracted suppliers.
o Specialist advice, e.g. environmental health, building surveyors.
o Clean up and waste management resources.
o Liaison with voluntary and faith organisations.
o Accessing community groups.
o Leading on recovery and restoration to normality, in partnership with business and community sectors.
Detailed operational procedures and an emergency contacts directory are also maintained by the City Council. A range of plans are also developed for specific sites or risks.