We have procedures in place to ensure that, should an incident occur, an Incident Management Team and Business Continuity Crisis Team can be established to make sure both the incident and continuing normal service can be managed. This includes planning how we will continue to function if the incident involves council property or staff.
We buy into the traded service provided by Hertfordshire County Council District Emergency Planning Team, and benefit from a dedicated HCC emergency planning officer, who works in partnership with us to enhance our emergency preparedness.
In addition to key officers, whose jobs automatically mean they could have a role to play in our response to an incident, we also have a volunteer team. These are members of our staff who have volunteered to help in an incident. For example, by staffing a rest centre, helping in the control centre, or supporting key officers at the scene. All volunteers are provided with appropriate equipment for their role and take part in a training programme, so that they are familiar with their roles and responsibilities in an emergency.