Emergency Planning

Erewash Borough Council has a service level agreement with Derbyshire County Council to undertake its duties in line with the Civil Contingencies Act 2004. As part of this agreement, an Emergency Planning Officer works at Erewash for one and a half days a week. Support on other issues such as the risk assessment process and hazardous sites is also provided by Derbyshire County Council.

The Emergency Planning Service at Erewash Borough Council is part of the Operational Services Directorate and is based at Merlin House, Merlin Way, Ilkeston.

The aim is to prepare and maintain emergency plans and make arrangements to protect people and the environment in Erewash and/or reduce the impact on them from an emergency. These plans are designed to give guidance to local authorities, emergency services and other agencies so they can act quickly to provide support to those involved in a major incident in Erewash. Joint training and rehearsals take place with these services and other agencies to ensure that these plans will work.

Planning for emergencies ensures that we can better communicate and co-ordinate our efforts. Our service is complementary to and does not replace that provided by the emergencies services.

Clicking on the Derbyshire Prepared link at the bottom of this page will take you to the website of the Derbyshire Local Resilience Forum where you can find information and advice to help you better prepare if there was an emergency.

If there are any areas of particular interest please contact the Emergency Planning Officer who will be more than happy to give further details.

Contact us

Erewash Borough Council, Emergency Planning Officer, Merlin House, Merlin Way, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 4RA.

The contact telephone number is 0115 907 2244.

Derbyshire County Council - Emergency Planning Division

During office hours, emergency planning can be contacted on 01629 538364 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Erewash Borough Council has business continuity management arrangements in place to help it continue to provide key services in the event of an emergency or service disruption such as severe weather, loss of premises, power failure.

The plan identifies critical functions and the steps that need to be taken to ensure continued service delivery. The policy supporting these arrangements can be viewed below.

Business Continuity Policy

What would happen to your business if you were affected by a fire, flood, storm, fraud or vandalism?
Developing your own business continuity plan could help you minimise the effects of any disruption. For more information on business continuity plans and how to prepare for them head to Derbyshire Prepared.

Risk Assessment

As a designated Category 1 responder under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004, we are required to carry out risk assessments within our area.

In Derbyshire this process involves working with our partners including the emergency services and the health community to assess the level of risk for a range of potential hazards. The type of hazards we are looking at, cover a wide range and include threats to human health, for example caused by a serious outbreak of a new human influenza virus, sometimes called pandemic influenza. We also assess the likelihood of, and potential impacts associated with industrial accidents, flooding, transport accidents, the terrorist threat and serious disruption to the supply of fuel, energy, communications and other essential services.

Community risk registers have been compiled to show the results of these detailed assessments. This enables us to better understand our risks and vulnerabilities, decide our priorities and identify the further actions required, including enhanced contingency planning.

Our joint aim within Derbyshire is to improve our capability to respond to any disruptive challenges, minimise the effects on our communities and to keep residents well informed while we also continue to deliver our own critical services at the required level.

Local Resilience Forum

The Derbyshire Local Resilience Forum (LRF) is responsible for the overall direction and policies of emergency planning and preparation in Derbyshire to ensure the effective delivery of the duties under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004.