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Council emergency plans

We have a number of multi-agency emergency plans in place.

These mean we, and our partner agencies, are best prepared to react in an emergency. The plans show who would be involved and what the roles and responsibilities would be should in different types of emergency situation.

Emergency plans for Nottinghamshire County Council

Winter weather plan 

This plan details how we can maintain our services and support Nottinghamshire’s communities during low temperatures and heavy snowfall.

It covers:

  • gritting routes, and salt supply and storage

  • communications with communities, Council staff, councillors and partner organisations before and during a winter weather event

  • means to record school closures

  • details of how we organise and obtain extra resources to help maintain critical services.

Download the winter weather emergency plan (PDF). 

Major emergency plan

This plan details our response to any major emergency including the operational procedures for staff nominated to lead, manage and co-ordinate our strategic tactical response in those situations.

Emergency accommodation plan

This plan details how we set up and run a rest centre when homes and communities need to be evacuated in an emergency.

It also details how we will work with other agencies including Police, Fire, Ambulance, St John’s, British Red Cross, WRVS and RSPCA where a rest centre needs to be set up in Nottinghamshire.

Flood response plan

Produced by the Local Resilience Forum (consisting of representatives from the Environment Agency, emergency services, local authorities, utility providers and many other organisations) this plan aims to:

  • identify types of flood risk in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire
  • outline activation procedures for the emergency response to flooding
  • agree areas of responsibility between organisations
  • outline the actions needed for successful recovery.

For a copy of this plan please contact us by email emergency.planning@nottscc.gov.uk or call 0300 500 80 80.

For more information on preparing for flood and what to do during and after a flood see our flooding web pages

Nottingham Forest major incident plan

As a large sporting venue in Nottinghamshire it is important that emergency plans are in place should a major incident occur at Nottingham Forest FC. Emergency plans for other sporting venues, such as Mansfield Town Football Club and Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club also exist and are updated regularly.

Major emergency hazard pipelines plan

Pipelines are considered a safe mode of transportation for conveying hazardous substances and are often safer than alternative methods, for example, by road or rail. However, there are occasions when pipeline failures may occur, resulting in loss of containment or release of the pipeline content.

This emergency plan details the procedures to be followed to minimise the impact of a major incident involving a Major Accident Hazard Pipeline within Nottinghamshire.

Coping with a school emergency

Parents and carers trust schools to keep their children safe. Thanks to the efforts of staff and governors, schools normally remain a safe haven, but they can become involved in an emergency at any time. 

'Coping with a school emergency' provides guidance for schools on how to prepare for emergencies and produce their own emergency plan.


A Heat Health Watch system is operated in England from 1 June to 15 September each year. During this period, the Met Office may forecast heatwaves.

The Department of Health has a heatwave plan for England.

Emergency transport plan

The aim of the plan is to provide transport for people (and animals) affected by an emergency and to detail procedures for transporting resources needed to assist in an emergency, for example sandbags.

Humanitarian Assistance Centre plan

The purpose of a Humanitarian Assistance Centre is to act as a focal point for information and assistance to families and friends of those missing, injured or killed and to survivors to all those directly affected by an emergency or major incident.

The plan provides a practical guide to establishing and managing Humanitarian Assistance Centres and clarifies roles and responsibilities of organisations which may be involved.

Download the Humanitarian Assistance Centre plan (PDF).

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