Local Government Profile
Disaster Risk Reduction Activities
Essential 1 – Risk reducing organization and coordination in place Status - 3
Progress and achievements – The City of Stoke-on-Trent forms part of the Staffordshire Resilience Forum
partnership - a group of 21 organisations, preparing for emergencies together. A Community Risk Register
exists for this group, to identify the risks associated with this area. The Council employ a civil contingency
team to look at and respond to risks within Stoke. This is overseen at Assistant Director level and Championed
by the Deputy Leader of the council. The City Council has organised a Civil Contingencies Board at director
level to look at threats to the city's population and function of the council. In addition, the parternship funds
the Staffordshire Civil Contingencies Unit (CCU) - a team of expert Civil Contingencies planners, whose day jobs
are to make Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent a safer place to live and do business, by preparing for the highest
risks identified on the Community Risk Register.
The Council runs a number of courses and events internally for employees as well as producing policies and
procedures. This is supplemented by the Staffordshire Civil Contingencies Unit which hosts a number of
training and exercise events, to prepare organisations and their staff for dealing with disasters.
The City of Stoke-on-Trent Council has a number of emergency plans, the key one being the Major Incident
Plan, which identifies response structures to be activated internally in the event of a Major Incident. The
Authority also contributes to a number of multi-agency emergency plans, known as Staffordshire Prepared
Plans – Major Incident / Rest Centre / Business Continuity / Flood / Chemical, Biological, Radiological and
Nuclear (CBRN) / Resilient Communications / Fuel / Reservoir / Humanitairian Assistance Centre / Mass
Transportation / Media and Communications / Temporary Mortuary / Pipeline Plan / Railway Incidents /
Recovery / Highways Welfare / Control Of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH)
Essential 2 – Budget assigned Status - 3
Progress and achievements – Stoke-on-Trent City Council has produced booklets for the city's population for
the last 2 years informing residents of the main risks and basic precautions they can take. In addition, the
Staffordshire Civil Contingencies Unit has produced a 'Preparing for the Unexpected' guide to supplement this
Any member of the public can request a hard copy of this guide to be sent through the post, or can download
an electronic copy from www.staffordshireprepared.gov.uk. The guide gives the public an insight into the risks
the community faces and gives advice for how to mitigate the effects these hazards present. Additionally, the
council provides free information on Business Continuity and templates to assist businesses become more
resilient in case of an emergency.
The Staffordshire Resilience Forum Partnership includes the Enviornment Agency, which also gives advice to
the public on how to prepare for flooding before, during and after the event.
Plans – Communications Plan, Carbon Reduction, City Transformation Plan SP1
Essential 3 – Risk assessment prepared Status - 3
Progress and achievements – Up to date risk assessments carried out in the form of the Community Risk
Register. The council with our partners have produced a City Centre evacuation plan looking at both the day
and nighttime economies. In addition, we work with the major shopping centre to test and exercise their plans
for evacuation. The Community Risk Register is monitored and reviewed by the Staffordshire Resilience
Forum which is multi agency representatives from Staffordshire who meet (as a minimum) every 6 months.
Plans – Major Incident Plan, Town Centre Evacuation Plan, Community Risk Register, Corporate Risk register
Essential 4 – Investment in risk reducing infrastructure Status - 2
Progress and achievements – The City Council have worked in collaboration with the Enviornment Agency (EA)
overlooking the risk of flooding to the infrastructure of Stoke-on-Trent. No flood defences are currently in
place in Stoke-on-Trent. At the moment the EA do not have any definite flood risk management schemes
planned for the Stoke area this financial year (2012). Should funding become available there are locations
where the EA may look to do works in conjunction with the Local Authority, including Fowlea Brook Etruria
(desilting of channel and culvert). The City Council monitors areas within the city for flood risk.
Essential 5 – Safe schools and health facilities Status - 3
Progress and achievements – The City Council has produced guidance to schools in becoming more resilient.
Schools are paired up so if there is a temporary incident they can relocate with the pupils to another school
until such time as the incident is resolved. Schools are required to check there premises on a regular basis and
identify any defects. Where defects are identified the council and school work together to resolve issues as far
as reasonably practicable. The council is currently investing in schools and is investing £220,000,000 over the
next few years to ensure schools are fit for the future. The councils Health and Safety Team check that schools
have plans in place and have been exercised at least every 12 months.
Plans – School Business Continuity Plan template, Building Schools for the Future
Essential 6 – Risk-compliant building regulation and land use applied Status - 3
Progress and achievements – The City Council has set out within the Core Spatial Strategy the focus of its
regeneration and housing programmes will be within the urban Core of the City Policy SP1. These are areas
where the income levels are lower than the rest of the City. In addition the City Council through its Housing
Market Renewal Programme has invested in the refurbishment of over 7,000 properties sine 2003 primarily in
lower income areas.
Plans – City Policy SP1, LOCAL development Framework; Healthy Urban Planning; Sustainability and Climate
Essential 7 – Education programmes and training in place Status - 2
Progress and achievements – Booklets on risks have been produced and sent out to residents suggesting ways
they can improve their own resilience. Articles have been written in the Council magazine which is circulated
to all households within Stoke-on-Trent and to key locations around the city. The Council is in discussions with
the British Red Cross regarding providing information to community groups. All employees with a
responsibility for Business Continuity Management or Civil Contingencies are trained to an appropriate level
either by Stoke-on-Trent City Council or the CCU
Essential 8 – Ecosystems and natural buffers protected Status - 2
Progress and achievements – The Core Spatial Strategy builds on developing to minimise the adverse effects of
climate change in the move towards zero carbon growth through energy efficiency.The City Council secured
£240,000 form the Department of Health to address the public health consequences of cold housing for the
most vulnerable in the city over the 2011/2012 winter period (December to March). This is delivered by a
cohort of agencies in the city providing affordable warmth services including; winter checks; emergency
shopping services; welfare benefit checks; cold alarms; emergency heating repairs.
Essential 9 – Early warning systems installed Status - 3
Progress and achievements – Meteorlogical Office provides Weather Warnings to the entire population
through media channels including television and radio. The Enviornment Agency also publishes Flood Alerts
and Warnings to areas at risk of fluvial flooding. There are 23 Flood Warning Areas in Stoke-on-Trent and 2
Flood Alert Areas. The City Council receives regular updates on anything critical cascaded from Government
Office via the CCU.
Plans - Early Warning updates are cascaded as and when received.
Essential 10 – Needs-based (survivors) reconstruction Status - 2
Progress and achievements – Stoke-on-Trent has an Humanitarian Assistance Plan in development. This plan
will enable the council to set up a one stop shop for the parts of the city affected by a disaster where they can
initially come for advice, assistance and help. As the timeline progresses the Humanitarian Assistance Centre
will become a focus point to enable the community to have an direct input into how their community will be
rebuilt. This will ensure the community feels they are in charge of there own future and that it is not just being
imposed from the Government. In addition, there is a Staffordshire Prepared Recovery Plan.
Plans – Stoke on Trent Humanitarian Assistance plan (in draft), The Staffordshire Prepared Recovery Plan
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