Warrington is now a ‘very high risk’ local COVID alert level area (tier 3)
Find out more about what this means and the restrictions in place, visit our coronavirus webpages for more information.
Warrington Borough Council works with partner agencies such as the emergency services, health services, utility companies and voluntary agencies as part of the Cheshire Resilience Forum to plan for and respond to Emergencies.
Our aim is to minimise the impact of any emergency on the community and the local environment and manage the return to normality. We have a dedicated team of staff which carries out a number of functions in the planning, response and recovery phases of an incident.
We have a legal duty to make sure we have plans in place to respond to emergencies. These include:
In addition to the Civil Contingencies Act, to ensure that the UK is prepared for the impact of an emergency, the government places specific statutory obligations on all Local Authorities, these include:
The Council takes the lead on recovery, aiming to restore normality back to the local community.
A multi-agency Recovery Working Group would be established, under the direction of a Senior Council Manager, to consider and set a strategy for the following:
COMAH (Control of Major Accident Hazard) - where a company produces or stores chemicals of certain types and quantities they are defined as a ‘top tier’ COMAH site. All top tier COMAH sites have a duty to prepare an emergency plan for the site. We also have a duty to prepare a plan to reduce or mitigate the effects on the community. There is one top tier COMAH site in Warrington, Solvay Interox Ltd. If your home or business is located near to either of these sites, in what is known as the Public Information Zone (PIZ), you will already be very well informed by the company about what to do in the unlikely event of an emergency occurring at the site.
PSR (Pipeline Safety Regulations) - there are underground pipelines running throughout the UK delivering essential fuel and gas supplies. Like the top tier COMAH sites, the companies operating these pipelines have safety measures in place. We also have a plan to respond to any pipeline incidents.