Plymouth City Council and Cornwall Council develop joint arrangements for communicating with the public
Plymouth City Council and Cornwall Council have been recognised for the efficiency of their joint working in the Cabinet Office’s recently revised Emergency Preparedness Guidance. The guidance outlines legal duties under the Civil Contingencies Act (CCA) and discusses the potential for confusion between emergency messages broadcast by local authorities under the CCA and emergency messages broadcast by chemical/nuclear site owners and operators with duties under the Control of Major Accidents and Hazards (COMAH) legislation.
Plymouth and Cornwall Councils have joined forces with local COMAH operators to implement Alert Cascade Informer and keep local residents and businesses informed of any unfolding events. This innovative joint use of the Alert Cascade Informer system ensures that there is consistency in the information provided and the actions that residents may be asked to take, helping to keep residents safer in emergency situations.
The joint emergency planning team chose Alert Cascade Limited’s Informer solution following a detailed procurement exercise, designed to ensure that the councils and operators of local chemical and nuclear sites could quickly and easily trigger alerts, whilst local residents and businesses received the best possible communication experience. This involved looking not just at how the alerts would be delivered, and ensuring there was true resiliency in this area of the platform, but ensuring that there was an easy way for residents to opt in to receiving the alerts in the first place. As part of the solution offered by Alert Cascade, local residents and businesses are able to sign up via a secure website form, over the phone with a member of the Alert Cascade support team, or by returning a postal form to either Plymouth or Cornwall Council.
Russell Pearson, Managing Director of Alert Cascade, commented “Working with the joint emergency planning team, alongside senior managers from the local chemical and nuclear sites, we were able to provide a really robust sign up process that would meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population. We faced some unique challenges, with some of the sites being based on or close to council boundaries, meaning that we had to ensure that consistent messages were being given out not just in the area affected, but in all surrounding areas. Our Alert Cascade Informer platform is specifically designed for public warning and informing, and has given Plymouth Council, Cornwall Council, Devonport Royal Dockyard, Defence Munitions, Greenergy and Thanckes Oil Fuel Depot a way to keep each other informed and collectively keep members of the public informed. It’s great to see the hard work that went into forming this joint working partnership acknowledged by the Cabinet Office.”
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