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Emergency Planning

This page features advice and information from the Council and other organisations aimed at helping you prepare for emergencies.

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How Orkney Islands Council is preparing for emergencies

In Orkney: In an emergency or 'major incident', the focus of Orkney Islands Council's role is on providing direct support to the local emergency services and to the most vulnerable members of the community as identified by Orkney Health and Care. In preparation for major events, the Council has a Major Emergency Plan, working with their partner agencies through the local Orkney Local Emergency Co-ordinating Group - training events, exercises and meetings are held throughout the year within the Council and with their multiagency partners. Visit the OIC’s Major Emergency Plan.

In the Highlands and Islands: Orkney makes up part of the Highlands and Islands Local Resilience Partnership (HILRP), the overarching group that ensures good partner and agency working in the region.

In Scotland: Through the HILRP, Orkney Islands Council contributes to wider efforts to ensure good emergency preparedness plans are in place across Scotland.

Preparing for Emergencies Guide

The Council has worked with the Highlands and Islands Local Resilience Partnership (HILRP) to produce 'Preparing for Emergencies in the Highlands and Islands', a guide which provides basic information about what Government does and is doing to protect the population, and what you can do to protect yourself and your family in the event of a major incident.

The guide is available from the Related Downloads section of this web page.

Are you part of a Ready Scotland?

Emergencies happen. And they could happen at any time. Find out how to protect yourself, your home, your family and your business. Make plans and get information at the Scottish Government's 'Ready Scotland' website, available under the Related Links section on this page. 

Are you ready for winter?

Do you have a home emergency kit? Would you know where to look up travel advice, or what to do to prevent frozen and burst water pipes? Visit OIC's Winter Safety page.

The Community Risk Register

The Community Risk Register has been prepared by the North of Scotland Regional Resilience Partnership. It includes the risks that have the highest likelihood and potential to have significant impact, causing disruption to our community and our neighbours within the North of Scotland. The document can be viewed in PDF format by visiting The Community Risk Register link in the 'Related Sites' section of this page.

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