Civil contingencies

Taunton Deane Borough Council is designated a Category 1 responder under the terms of the Civil Contingencies Act 2004. This means that we will take a primary role in response to emergency incidents. It covers:

Somerset County Council and the five district councils in Somerset have formed a partnership known as the Somerset Local Authorities' Civil Contingencies Unit.

The partnership is jointly funded and will manage and coordinate the responsibilities relating to civil contingency planning, enabling a common approach across the County.

Local Authorities will provide assistance to the emergency services in the initial stages of a major emergency. We also provide temporary shelter to people who are be made temporarily homeless.

Once the initial stage of a major emergency has passed, the Local Authorities will play a leading role in recovery.

Information about Civil Contingencies and the responsibilities of responder agencies can be found at the Gov.uk website.

Further information about emergency planning in Somerset can be found at the Somerset Prepared website.