Councils play an essential role in keeping the country going throughout the cold winter months. Gritting roads, clearing snow, delivering meals on wheels, collecting prescriptions, free parking and Santa's grottos are just some of the wide range of services councils provide for communities and the national economy as a whole.
Emergency planning is a key issue for local people and the reputation of councils and fire and rescue authorities can depend on the effectiveness of planning and response.
In recent years the LGA has represented councils and fire and rescue authorities at the highest levels of government in national emergencies, from civil disturbances to salt shortages to flooding.
These areas require a coordinated and integrated approach across local authorities and fire and rescue authorities. The LGA is now seen as a key player in emergency planning by government departments and partner organisations and this is due to the efforts of both elected members and officers in our member councils.
The LGA Emergency Planning Advisers Group is a specialist group whose membership includes Emergency Planning Officers drawn from local authorities and fire services across England and Wales.