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Preparing for emergencies

Emergency planning

South Ribble is a safe place to live however, emergencies do happen from time to time.

That's why it's always worthwhile having the information close to hand (and plans put in place) for when disaster strikes.

Potential emergency scenarios could include:

  • adverse weather conditions — heavy wind, rain, or snow
  • consequences of this poor weather — flooding, fallen trees, power cut, being snowed in
  • industrial accidents — chemical spills, factory fires, explosions
  • rare geographical disasters — landslides, hurricanes
  • loss of your water supply, gas supply
  • flu pandemic (or similar)
  • heatwave
  • acts of terrorism

Such emergencies have the potential to affect thousands of people. Click here for a comprehensive, Lancashire-specific set of emergencies that we could all face here in South Ribble.

Given the scope and risk of such emergencies, the council would like to point residents in the right direction to get the advice they need.

Here is a list of some of the information we feel will help you — both in advance of, and in the aftermath of, an emergency:


In South Ribble, we have witnessed the effects of flooding over the years. Click here for the council's dedicated flooding advice page.

Emergency planning: reading material 1

Click here to view a very thorough, 27-page guide on preparing for emergencies in Lancashire, including practical tips for preparing your home or business — what to stock, do, and agree in advance so that plans are in place, or preventative measures are taken (eg. flood defences).

Emergency planning: reading material 2

Click here to view the Government's web page on planning for emergencies. This includes a lot of advice about how you should communicate within your family and community to make sure everyone knows the drill in the event of an emergency. Also touches on: insurance; how businesses can plan ahead so that they can continue to operate in the aftermath of emergencies; preparing a 'grab bag' of essential items you can quickly take with you if disaster strikes suddenly; knowing what to plan for and what your likely response could be; and many, many more useful bits of information. It's worth a look so that you can begin to consider how you will respond — both individually, and collectively in your family or business — to such emergencies.

Some other quick links

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