Emergency planning

The city council has a district emergency plan to support the emergency services and to provide welfare and help in the event of a major disaster.

The plan sets out the notification and call out procedures to be adopted in different kinds of emergencies, and identifies the different departmental responsibilities. The plan is generic in nature, providing a flexible framework for a plan of action should the need arise.

The district plan also links to a number of other plans prepared by the city council and other partner organisations for use in specific circumstances, for example flooding, hazardous substance incidents, oil pollution, and the incidents involving radioactivity.

What is a major emergency?

The Cabinet Office defines a major emergency as:

Any event or circumstance (happening with or without warning) that causes or threatens death or injury, disruption to the community, or damage to property or to the environment on such a scale that the effects cannot be dealt with by the emergency services, local authorities and other organisations as part of their normal day-to-day activities.

Contact us

  • Lancaster City Council’s emergency out of office hours phone number is 01524 67099
  • Please note calls are recorded for monitoring and training purposes