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About the emergency management service

We have a statutory duty under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 and other legislation to provide information to the public.

We co-operate with established professional partners designated as category 1 and 2 responders (eg emergency services, government departments and other local authorities) and other organisations defined in the act to address all aspects of the policy in relation to:

  • Community risk assessment
  • Planning for emergencies
  • Responding to emergencies
  • Business continuity management (including promotion of general business continuity advice to local businesses and the voluntary sector)
  • Public information about risk assessments and plans
  • Putting in place arrangements to warn and inform the public

Our work also involves testing emergency management plans to ensure they are fit for purpose. We participate in and arrange live exercises and tabletop exercises which follow possible scenarios that could affect Swansea, its communities and the provision of council services.

We work with many partners including:

  • South Wales Police
  • Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service
  • Natural Resources Wales
  • Swansea Bay University Health Board
  • Wales Ambulance Service NHS Trust
  • Welsh Extremism and Counter Terrorism Unit
  • Maritime and Coastguard Agency
  • Met Office
  • British Red Cross
  • Utility companies

We also provide a 24 hour emergency on-call service.

Legislation

To enable us to undertake our duties in line with statutory legislation, we work closely with our partners to ensure procedures are in place and tested if the unthinkable happens.

Below are the four specific statutory regulations that describe the duties we have to adhere to:

  1. Civil Contingencies Act 2004Opens new window
  2. The Control of Major Accident Hazard Regulations 2015 (COMAH)Opens new window
  3. The Pipeline Safety Regulations 1996Opens new window
  4. Radiation (Emergency Preparedness & Public Information) Regulations 2001 (REPPIR)Opens new window
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