Civil emergency planning

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, salt shortages, flooding to Covid-19.

As ‘category one responders’ under the Civil Contingencies Act, councils form a key part of local resilience forums tasked with multi-agency planning and preparedness activities and responding to a wide range of emergencies and incidents. The importance of this work is highlighted by the fact that public inquiries have recently been, or are being held, in relation to three incidents/emergencies which councils were involved in the response to: the Manchester Arena attack, the Grenfell Tower fire, and the Covid-19 pandemic.

The LGA has developed a councillor's guide to civil emergencies to help them understand councils’ civil contingencies responsibilities and how councillors can support these.

John Hetherington, former Head of the London Resilience Group has shared with us his experience as a resilience professional of giving evidence to the Grenfell Fire inquiry. If you'd like to find out about contributing to an inquiry, view the video on YouTube.