Emergency Planning

What is Emergency Planning?

Emergency planning is the process whereby RDaSH plans and prepares for emergencies. The aim of emergency planning is to maintain suitable plans that allow us to respond to and manage major incidents whilst continuing services. Current plans cover potential risks such as severe weather or a flu pandemic.

The Emergency Planning Team is responsible for writing, updating and exercising all the emergency plans and assisting different teams in the Trust with writing their business continuity plans. In the event of a major incident the Emergency Planning Team helps to co-ordinate the Trust’s response.

What is an emergency?

The Civil Contingencies Act 2004, defines an emergency as:

  • An event or situation which threatens serious damage to human welfare
  • An event or situation which threatens serious damage to the environment
  • War or terrorism which threatens serious damage to security.

Who do we work with?

RDaSH coordinates with other health organisations, local authorities, emergency services, utilities and voluntary agencies in order to deal with any emergency effectively and with minimum disruption to services and service users / patients.

Business continuity plans

All teams in the Trust are required to produce business continuity plans which describe how they would keep services running in the event of an emergency. We have a total of 98 plans, which are part of an exercise programme that tests that they are fit for purpose.

Please see our links below for more information about our partner agencies.

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