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Welcome to our emergency planning pages. You'll find information on how Portsmouth City Council's plans help reduce the effect of any emergencies both in the city and county-wide, so that people can go about their lives as freely and with as much confidence as possible.

To find out more about civil contingencies in Portsmouth, email emergency.planning@portsmouthcc.gov.uk, phone 023 9284 1498, fax 023 9283 4425 or write to us at the Civil Contingencies Unit at Portsmouth City Council, Guildhall Square, PO1 2BG.

Civil contingencies for the city

Portsmouth plans for different emergencies, including flooding and severe weather, people displaced due to explosions or fires, major transport incidents, pollution or major industrial accidents. The Civil Contingency team identifies potential hazards, and prepares for the consequences by working with the emergency services, neighbouring local authorities, health organisations, government agencies and the utility companies.

Together they maintain plans, train and simulate real-life events to ensure a co-ordinated and effective response to any emergency. These plans are reviewed regularly. You can download a copy of the council's emergency response plan in the Associated documents section below.

The council's Civil Contingencies team would be responsible for providing warnings and public information, helping restore infrastructure and services, and offering support to affected people, such as running a control centre, removing debris and opening 48hour rest centres for evacuees, as well as finding longer term accommodation if required.

You can download a copy of the council's rest centre plan in the Associated documents section below.

Radiation emergency

One of the emergency situations Portsmouth City Council has to plan for, however unlikely, is an accident involving a nuclear-powered submarine at Portsmouth’s naval base. Although the likelihood is exceedingly remote, the plans are in place and the Health and Safety Executive test the arrangements every 3 years. You can download a copy of this plan, called Portsafe, as a pdf in the Documents section below.

The council has produced a useful leaflet 'What to do in a radiation emergency' to tell residents, visitors and people working in the areas of the city that could be affected what to expect, what we do and what precautions to take if an incident happens. You can download this leaflet as a pdf in the Documents section below.

Community Risk Register for Hampshire

The Community Risk Register (CRR) looks at the likelihood and impact of a range of risks to the whole of Hampshire & the Isle of Wight (IoW). The main categories considered are: natural events, human and animal diseases, major accidents and malicious attacks, rather than threats like terrorist incidents.

The CRR assesses only those risks most likely to happen, and the impact they would have across the county. Even within the county, a risk such as coastal flooding can have a very different impact.

If a risk is included in the Community Risk Register, it doesn’t mean it will happen. It means it is known to be a possibility, and organisations have made arrangements to reduce its impact. The register is updated annually.

The CRR was produced by Hampshire & IoW Local Resilience Forum with help from experts and the government's National Risk Register, which analyses risks to the UK as a whole.

Emergency plans for your family and pets

For more information on the risks in your area, and what you can do to help yourself, your family and your community should an emergency happen, download the Portsmouth Household Emergency Action Plan from the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Local Resilience Forum website.  You can also view our Evacuation page.

The best way to protect your pet is to think ahead and keep useful information and supplies together, as suggested in the council's emergency response plan below - Annex D, starting on page 48. It includes a pets checklist and information cards you can print and complete. 

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