RESILIENT NEWCASTLE RESILIENCE PLANNING Stephen P Savage 02 November 2005
BACKGROUND • 1986: Tyne and Wear Fire and Civil Defence Authority (TWFCDA) responsible for war planning but also covered ‘peacetime’ issues. • 1993: Civil Defence (General Local Authority Functions) Regulations shifted responsibility to City Council but TWFCDA retained role as central provider of service under agency agreement. • 2004: Civil Contingencies Act (CCA) places seven new duties on City Council.
CCA DUTIES (1) • Assess localrisks and use this to inform emergency planning • Put in place emergency plans • Put in place Business Continuity Management arrangements • Put in place arrangements to make information available to the public about civil protection matters and maintain arrangements to warn, inform and advise the public in the event of an emergency
CCA DUTIES (2) • Share information with other local responders to enhance co-ordination • Co-operate with other local responders to enhance co-ordination and efficiency • Provide advice and assistance to businesses and voluntary organisations about Business Continuity Management (LOCAL AUTHORITY CATEGORY 1 RESPONDERS ONLY)
CCA DEFINITION OF EMERGENCY • An event or situation which threatens serious damage to human welfare; • An event or situation which threatens serious damage to the environment; or • War, or terrorism, which threatens serious damage to security.
HAZARD ANALYSIS • Air Transport (particularly at Newcastle Airport) • Rail and Metro systems • Loss of Essential Services (power and water) • Fuel Shortages (transport) • Flooding and Severe Weather • Shopping Centres, Office Complexes, Concert Venues, Sports Stadia and Open-air Events • Hazardous Chemicals and Radiation • Terrorism (including CBRN) • Outbreak of Infectious Disease
CATEGORY 1 RESPONDERS • City Council (and other Local Authorities) • Emergency Services (Fire, Police, Ambulance) • Environment Agency • Health Protection Agency • Newcastle Primary Care Trust • Newcastle Hospitals NHS Trust • Port of Tyne Health Authority
CATEGORY 2 RESPONDERS • Utilities (Electric, Gas, Water and Sewerage, Public telecommunications providers) • Transport Operators (Network Rail, Train Operating Companies [including NEXUS], Newcastle International Airport, Port of Tyne Authority, Highways Agency) • Health and Safety Executive • Strategic Health Authority
LEVELS OF INVOLVEMENT • Central Government(Civil Contingencies Secretariat) • North East Regional Resilience Forum (RRF)(supported by Regional Resilience Team at GONE) • Northumbria Local Resilience Forum (LRF)(City Council is a member) • Newcastle City Council(supported by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Authority)
KEY PROGRESS (1) • Service Level Agreement with Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Authority to retain Emergency Planning Unit provider of specialist advice and assistance • Establishing corporate Resilience Planning Group • Recruitment of Resilience Planning Team • Creation of duty City Incident Controller rota • Creation of duty Site Incident Officer rota • On-going preparation for Influenza Pandemic
KEY PROGRESS (2) • Membership of Northumbria LRF General Working Group • Membership of North East Regional Mass Fatalities Working Group • Chair of Core Cities Emergency Planning Group • Corporate Service Continuity Plan • Directorate Service Continuity Plans (on-going) • Development of specialist Service Continuity Training and Basic Awareness Raising Session
CPA KEY LINES OF ENQUIRY ‘Safer and Stronger Communities’ Is the Council well prepared for internal or external emergency situations?
MAJOR INCIDENT RESPONSE (1) • Declaration (usually made by Police) • Duty City Incident Controller (CIC) activated • Crisis Management Team (CMT) established • Duty Site Incident Officer attends multi-agency Tactical (SILVER) Command at/or close to scene • Member of Corporate Team attends Multi-Agency Strategic Co-ordination Group (GOLD), which normally locates at Police HQ in Ponteland
MAJOR INCIDENT RESPONSE (2) • If scale of incident warrants, Corporate Team will formally sit to provide strategic management (media, long term issues, community leadership) and allow Crisis Management Team to focus on incident response • Executive may be formally requested to provide community leadership, political direction and authority to spend significant sums required to provide adequate response • Ward Members will be asked to play significant role in liaison with affected communities
INFLUENZA PANDEMIC • Service Continuity Planning for Civil Contingencies Act will form basis of City Council response • Additional demands will be placed on Social Services, Registrars and Bereavement Services • Extra fatalities in Newcastle could range between 250 and 1600 (depending on potency of flu strain) • ‘First Wave’ disruption could last for 17 weeks with peak at weeks 6 to 10 • 25% of workforce may suffer symptoms but many others will be required to look after ill family
PRIORITISATION OF SERVICES • CRITICAL: Need to be restored to operational level within 24 hours • URGENT: Need to be restored to operational level within 72 hours • DESIRABLE: need to be restored to operational level within 7 days • OTHER: No specific time limit for restoration to operational level, resources may be re-deployed to support provision of Critical, Urgent or Desirable services