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 download a copy of the council's rest centre plan.