Emergency planning

Derbyshire Dales District Council has a service level agreement with Derbyshire County Council to undertake its duties in line with the Civil Contingencies Act 2004.

As part of this agreement, a senior emergency planning officer works at Matlock Town Hall part time. Support on other issues such as risk assessment, eg hazardous site plans, is also provided by Derbyshire County Council.

The aim of the service is to prepare emergency plans and make arrangements to protect people and the environment in Derbyshire Dales or reduce the impact on them from an emergency.

We liaise on a regular basis with the police, fire and rescue, ambulance and health services in preparing its emergency plans.

Joint training and rehearsals take place with these services and other agencies to ensure that these plans will work.

Visit the Derbyshire Prepared website for information and advice to help you better prepare if there was an emergency.

If there are any areas of particular interest please contact the senior emergency planning officer, who will be more than happy to give your further details.

Contact us

Senior emergency planning officer
Derbyshire Dales District Council
Town Hall
Tel: 01629 761156

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Alternative contact:

Emergency planning team
Derbyshire County Council
County Hall

Tel: 01629 538364 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


All category 1 responders under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 are required to carry out risk assessments for their area.

In Derbyshire Dales this process has been underway since guidance was first issued by the government in 2005. It involves working with our partners, including the emergency services and health community, to assess the level of risk for a range of potential hazards within the Derbyshire Dales. The types of hazard we are looking at cover a wide range of challenges, including threats to human health, for example caused by a serious outbreak of a new human influenza virus, sometimes called pandemic influenza. The emergency planning team was directly involved in the multi-agency response to dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic across the District and the rest of the county.

We also assess the likelihood of, and potential impacts associated with industrial accidents, flooding, transport accidents, the risk of terrorist threats and serious disruption to supply of fuel, energy, communications and other essential services.

A community risk register has been compiled to show the results of these detailed assessments. This enables us to better understand our risks and vulnerabilities, decide our priorities and identify the further actions required, including enhanced contingency planning.

Our joint aim within Derbyshire is to improve our capability to respond to any disruptive challenges, minimise the effects on our communities and to keep residents well informed while we also continue to deliver our own critical services at the required level.

This link will take you to the community risk registers on the Derbyshire Prepared website:

Planning for an emergency

We develop and maintain a wide range of both generic and specific emergency plans.

These plans are designed to give guidance to local authorities, emergency services and other agencies so they can act quickly to provide support to those involved in a major incident in Derbyshire Dales.

Planning for emergencies ensures that we can better communicate and co-ordinate our efforts.

Further details can be found by visiting the Derbyshire Prepared website.

Business continuity

The council has business continuity management arrangements in place to help it continue to provide key services in the event of an emergency such as severe weather disruption, staff shortages, loss of premises or power failure.

This plan identifies critical functions and the steps that need to be taken to ensure continued service delivery. To find out more please Business Continuity Policy.

Derbyshire Resilience Partnership

The Derbyshire resilience partnership (DRP) is responsible for the overall direction and policies of emergency planning and preparation in Derbyshire to ensure the effective delivery of the duties under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004. The DRP has a dedicated website, Derbyshire Prepared, where you can find information and advice to help you better prepare if there was an emergency in the county.


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