Emergency planning

  • Plymouth’s rapid reaction

    26 March 2024

    The discovery of a live 70-year-old bomb in Plymouth led to the biggest evacuation in the UK since the Second World War. Tracey Lee outlines the city’s response and the lessons learned.

  • When prevention is the real cure

    06 March 2024

    Greg Fell draws from examples across the British Isles to highlight some of the work done by directors of public health to support residents to lead longer and healthier lives.

  • Building a resilient local future

    31 January 2024

    George Karagiannis discusses how to improve local practitioners’ capacity when it comes to disaster risk resilience and response.

  • Oxfordshire’s response to the flooding challenge

    15 January 2024

    Stephen Chandler and Carole Mackay describe Oxfordshire CC’s response to the recent floods, working alongside the Thames Valley Local Resilience Forum.

  • Councils mobilise to tackle Storm Henk flooding

    05 January 2024

    Nottinghamshire CC has declared a major incident as the county has been hit by near-record levels of flooding.

  • Enough chaos and confusion, now we need solutions

    28 June 2023

    No one got everything right during the pandemic, but the early days showed a failure of central Government to understand local circumstances, social care and getting support to people on the ground, says Heather Jameson.

  • What a wonderful world

    19 June 2023

    Creative thinking allied with strong team and partnership working underpinned Stroud's emergency planning response to a one in 1,963-year flood event, says Kathy O'Leary.

  • Council staff respond to Sudan evacuation

    02 May 2023

    Councils have been urged to ‘apply maximum flexibility’ when UK nationals returning from Sudan present as homeless.

  • Meeting demand for out-of-hours services

    10 January 2023

    How can cash-strapped councils ensure they provide an effective out-of-hours customer service so their vulnerable citizens’ calls are always efficiently handled? Paul Marinko reports from a round table discussion organised by The MJ and Capita.

  • Planning for permacrisis

    07 December 2022

    Ann McGauran questions emergency planner and author of bestseller When the Dust Settles Professor Lucy Easthope about the quality of local resilience, pressures on the workforce, and what keeps her awake at night.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Leaked blackout plans warn people could die

    07 November 2022

    People could die in an energy blackout as local government services supporting vulnerable people with urgent needs are forced to halt, leaked Government emergency plans have warned.

  • Now is the time to bring central and local government closer together

    20 September 2022

    During what has been a historic period of national mourning, councils provided important leadership and support, says chairman of the Local Government Association Cllr James Jamieson.

  • The case for prevention investment

    30 August 2022

    We may talk in terms of prevention, preservation or perhaps resilience, but the evidence is that placing too low a premium on the future when we are making spending decisions today will eventually come back to bite us, says Abdool Kara.

  • A warning about resettlement

    29 August 2022

    Six months after Putin launched his attack on Ukraine, unease is growing across Whitehall and council offices about the number of refugees who could be left without a home, says Sir Bob Neill.

  • Councils cannot solve this crisis alone

    17 August 2022

    Kersten England says central Government has the muscle to head off the misery faced by millions. The next Prime Minister must have a strategy for putting resilience on a par with our most important statutory services, she adds.

  • Emergency response revival

    26 July 2022

    Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire’s single resilience function has been deployed repeatedly in the last few years. Tom Knibbs and Ruth Tennant set out what was learned.

  • Ministers savaged as Grenfell Inquiry draws to close

    04 July 2022

    Lawyers representing the bereaved, survivors and residents have used their final submissions to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry to savage former ministers.

  • Let’s deliver a long-term local resettlement system

    18 May 2022

    Schemes to support refugees must exist around a core, standardised resettlement programme that has a multi-year commitment and specific targets and a variety of housing strategies, says Yvonne Kachikoti.

  • Dover to ‘review involvement’ with forum after days of chaos

    06 April 2022

    Dover DC is ‘reviewing its involvement’ with Kent Resilience Forum (KRF) following days of traffic chaos.

  • Honouring the Ukrainian spirit

    15 March 2022

    The events in Ukraine have provided a timely reminder of how important our democracy is and how much we can lose. And, as Dr Jonathan Carr-West explains, councils have a vital role to play both immediately and further beyond back on home territory.