During a major emergency, the emergency services and other agencies responding to the incident will be stretched to capacity, they will need to prioritise their actions and they may not be able to reach everybody right away. It is therefore vital that individuals and communities take action to prepare themselves and their families for emergency situations.
Emergencies can happen quickly and without warning. It could mean the loss of basic services including water, gas, power and telephones. It may mean damage or threat of damage to your property by flooding, fire or blast. The emergency services may need to evacuate your home or indeed your whole neighbourhood or confine you to your property until the danger has passed.
The Government and emergency response agencies are working hard to ensure they are as prepared as they can be in the event of an emergency and it is important that you are ready too. By being informed and prepared, you can significantly reduce the risk to you and your families’ lives.
Planning ahead is something we all do in our everyday lives in case things go wrong or don’t turn out the way we expected. Emergency planning is much the same – its about being prepared for situations should they happen.
Family emergency plan
Blackpool Council has developed a family emergency plan to assist you to help you make arrangements for you and your family in the event of an emergency. It is designed as a starting point in developing a plan that suits your own individual circumstances. The Government have produced a booklet entitled Preparing for Emergencies and contains useful guidance to help develop your emergency plan.
Incident specific advice
Power cuts and outages can be reported to Electricity North West
Telephone: 0800 195 4141
Are you a Priority Customer? Electricity North West operates a Priority Service for customers who may have additional requirements due to being disabled, elderly or having a chronic illness. Electricity maybe required by some residents to power life dependent equipment such as ventilators, oxygen concentrators and dialysis machines. By registering as a priority services customer, Electricity Northwest will inform you in advance of any planned interruptions and contact you proactively when they have an unplanned interruption to supply. For further information and to register either call the number above or please go to the Electricity North West website.
If you smell gas or have lost your supply contact the national gas emergency number
Telephone: 0800 111 999
To report an emergency with your water or wastewater contact United Utilities
Telephone: 0845 746 2200
The effects of severe weather can impact on our daily lives and businesses and can cause huge disruption for many of us. The Met Office is a vital source of information to help prepare for severe weather incidents. Accessing weather warnings and helping yourself and other prepare for severe weather such as storms or gales helps increase our resilience to these events.
Met Office National Severe Weather Warnings
Met Office / Environment Agency Flood Warnings
Met office severe weather advice
It is an unfortunate fact of life that emergencies and disasters do occur. For everyone that has been caught up in a major emergency, the future will be different; people may find they need help facing it.
Emergencies affect individuals, families and communities in a wide range of ways. The unpredictable and tragic consequences of emergencies can involve substantial psychological and social suffering in the short term, which can, if not adequately addressed lead to long term mental health and psychosocial problems.
Crisis support team is a multi-agency support service provided to people affected by major incidents within Blackpool and residents of Blackpool affected by a major incident overseas.
In the aftermath of a major incident, many people will be affected. They may be survivors of the incident, relatives of the survivors, relatives of those who have died as a result of the incident or responders that may be affected by simply being involved in the response.
Some of these people will need trauma support in the immediate aftermath of such an incident but in a short time will recover significantly and readjust to some sort of normality. However, some people may require more intensive trauma support for some time after the incident and a few will continue to need support over many years.
We provide a range of social and psychological support services in the aftermath of an incident affecting residents and / or visitors.
Local authorities co-ordinate the provision of welfare support to the community, lead the establishment of key humanitarian assistance facilities and take the lead role in the recovery phase.
In the provision of a range of social and psychological support services in the aftermath of a major incident affecting residents and / or visitors, Blackpool Council will work closely with voluntary and statutory agencies so that the services we provide are complementary to those already available.
Where can I find help and support?
Speak to your doctor or contact NHS Direct on 0845 4647 or 111 (24 hours)
Other support groups and caring organisations you may find helpful include:
The Samaritans - Offers a 24 hour helpline for those in crisis. Telephone: 08457 909090
Cruse - Bereavement Care - Offers counselling, advice and support throughout the UK. Telephone: 0870 167 1677. Monday to Friday, 9.30am - 5.00pm.
Disaster Action - Provides support and guidance to those people who are affected by disasters. Telephone: 01483 799 066
Assist Trauma Care - The Helpline offers telephone counselling and support to individuals and families in the aftermath of trauma. Telephone: 01788 560800.
Flooding brings serious dangers to both people and their communities. If the area that you live or work in is liable to flooding then often simple actions can help reduce the impact of flooding and reduce the burden on the emergency services when it occurs. If you develop an emergency plan then any precautions or actions that you need to take can also be built in to it. For households the family emergency plan template on this page may prove helpful.
Flooding advice and information
To find out if you are in a known flood risk zone contact the Environment Agency or visit their website to view the interactive map that identifies areas at risk from sea or river flooding: Environment Agency Interactive Flood Risk Maps
To sign up for the free flood warning service and for further advice on preparing for a flood visit the Environment Agency's Flood Advice page.
Met Office / Environment Agency Flood Warnings