The County Emergency Planning Service (CEPS) is responsible for ensuring the County Council is adequately prepared for and able to respond to major emergencies or disasters that affect Devon. The Council has a statutory responsibility under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 to prepare plans for civil protection and to respond to emergency situations, alongside partner agencies. Emergency plans are prepared for those situations considered to carry the greatest risk or threat to the communities of Devon. Plans are prepared and tested in advance in conjunction with district councils, the emergency services and other responders under the umbrella of the Devon, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Resilience Forum (LRF).
CEPS undertakes and participates in the following functions:
- Risk assessment – the assessment of local risks can be found in the Community Risk Register, on the LRF website.
- Emergency preparation and planning. Plans are prepared for situations judged most likely to impact the communities of Devon or for known risks. Plans will document preventative measures to be taken wherever possible, as well as response protocols.
- Business continuity – we ensure there are plans in place to minimise any disrupion to the Council’s services. Plans cover a wide variety of emergency situations which may be through an external emergency, such as flooding or influenza pandemic, or through internal disruptions such as power failure or the loss of all or part of a building. We also try and encourage business continuity planning amongst small businesses and the voluntary sector.
- Emergency response – trigger points are identified to invoke our response mechanisms, which will include the opening of rest centres. Devon County Council staff also help at survivors reception centres and friends and family reception centres where required. A duty officer is on call 24 x 7 to cordinate the response.
- Recovery – CEPS will help identify resources required to aid recovery from emergency situations, including the involvement of other parts of the Council and other agencies.
- Warning and informing – there is also a duty on councils to provide information to the public and business communities on dealing with emergencies.
Telephone: 01392 382680
Postal address: Emergency Planning, Devon County Council, County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter, EX2 4QD