Flooding, Weather and Major Incidents
Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service has an important role to play in protecting local people in the event of a major incident.
This could be a man-made event such as an explosion at an oil refinery or a train crash, or it could be a natural disaster such as severe flooding, high winds or a prolonged period of hot, dry weather.
In the event of a major fire or accident, or challenging weather conditions that affect local services, we advise you to:
- ‘Go In, Stay In, Tune In’. BBC local radio (BBC Radio Nottingham – 103.8 FM) will broadcast messages to keep you up-to-date with the developing situation and advise you of any action you need to take.
A number of other organisations have published advice on preparing for an incident, such as protecting your home against flooding. They will also give you information about current incidents that may affect you.
- Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Local Resilience Forum for practical advice on preparing for, and coping during, extreme weather conditions.
- Environment Agency for the latest flood warnings and information. You can also call the Environment Agency Flood Line – 0845 988 1188 – for the latest information on flood risks in your area.
- The Met Office for up-to-date weather information.
- The Health Protection Agency for authoritative scientific and medical information and advice on both the planning and operational responses to major incidents, and the wider public health implications
Businesses also need to plan how they would cope if a major incident affected their operations and what steps they would need to take to recover as quickly as possible.
This could be through staff unable to get to their place of work due to the weather, premises lost or severely damaged by fire or major flood, an extended period without power or fuel, or interruptions to the supply chain, for example. Even a relatively brief
interruption to normal operations can have a major impact on a business, particularly smaller companies. The Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Local Resilience Forum has some advice to help you prepare a Business Continuity Plan that could prove invaluable in a situation like this.