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Emergencies can happen at any time, normally without warning and they can have a huge impact on our lives, businesses and infrastructure.

Most emergencies are minor, affecting a few people, but they can happen at any time. An emergency is defined under the Civil Contingencies Act (2004) as:

  • an event or situation that threatens human life or welfare
  • an event or situation that threatens the environment or the security of the UK
  • war or terrorism that threatens the security of the UK
  • a major emergency may stretch local emergency services so that neighbouring emergency services may be brought in to help

Resilience Team

Bedford Borough Council has emergency plans in place and a dedicated Resilience Team who work to make sure that we can effectively respond to emergencies. 

Bedford Borough Council is also part of the Bedfordshire Local Resilience Forum (BLRF), a group of specialists from the emergency services, local authorities, NHS, Environment Agency and others who will co-ordinate the safety and support of people and property affected by  an emergency.

During an emergency the local authority will work to:

  • support the emergency services
  • support the local and wider community
  • mitigate the effects of an emergency
  • take the lead on the recovery