Council's role in an emergency (Emergency Planning)

About us 

Derbyshire Dales District Council has a service level agreement with Derbyshire County Council to undertake its duties in line with the Civil Contingencies Act 2004.

As part of this agreement, a senior emergency planning officer works at Matlock Town Hall part time.  Support on other issues such as risk assessment, eg hazardous site plans, is also provided by Derbyshire County Council.

The aim of the service is to prepare emergency plans and make arrangements to protect people and the environment in Derbyshire Dales or reduce the impact on them from an emergency.

We liaise on a regular basis with the police, fire and rescue, ambulance and health services in preparing its emergency plans.

Joint training and rehearsals take place with these services and other agencies to ensure that these plans will work.

Visit the Derbyshire Prepared website for information and advice to help you better prepare if there was an emergency.

If there are any areas of particular interest please contact the senior emergency planning officer, who will be more than happy to give your further details.

Contact us 

Senior emergency planning officer

Derbyshire Dales District Council

Town Hall




Tel: 01629 761156


Alternative contact: 

Emergency planning team

Derbyshire County Council

County Hall




Tel: 01629 538364 



All category 1 responders under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 are required to carry out risk assessments for their area.

In Derbyshire Dales this process has been underway since guidance was first issued by the government in 2005.  By working closely with our partner organisations in Derbyshire, we have made good progress in assessing the levels of risk for a range of potential hazards and threats in our area.

A community risk register has been compiled to show the results of these detailed assessments.  This enables us to better understand our risks and vulnerabilities, decide our priorities and identify the further actions required, including enhanced contingency planning.

Our joint aim within Derbyshire is to improve our capability to respond to any disruptive challenges, minimise the effects on our communities and to keep residents well informed while we also continue to deliver our own critical services at the required level.

This link will take you to the community risk registers on the Derbyshire Prepared website:

Planning arrangements

We develop and maintain a wide range of both generic and specific emergency plans.

These plans are designed to give guidance to local authorities, emergency services and other agencies so they can act quickly to provide support to those involved in a major incident in Derbyshire Dales.

Planning for emergencies ensures that we can better communicate and co-ordinate our efforts.

Further details can be found by visiting the Derbyshire Prepared website.

Business continuity 

The council has business continuity management arrangements in place to help it continue to provide key services in the event of an emergency such as severe weather disruption, staff shortages, loss of premises or power failure. 

This plan identifies critical functions and the steps that need to be taken to ensure continued service delivery. To find out more please view the policy supporting these arrangements. 

Derbyshire local resilience forum

The Derbyshire local resilience forum (LRF) is responsible for the overall direction and policies of emergency planning and preparation in Derbyshire to ensure the effective delivery of the duties under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004. The LRF has a dedicated website, Derbyshire Prepared, where you can find information and advice to help you better prepare if there was an emergency in the county. 


If you have suffered flooding or want to know how to try and prevent flooding to your property, you may need help or advice on what to do next.

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Latest weather information

The Met Office publish severe weather warnings, as well as local weather forecasts.

Flood warnings

See the flood information service for the latest flood warnings in your area.

You can also register to receive flood warnings by phone, text or email.

What should I do if there is a flood warning?

The GOV.UK website has advice for what to do if your property is at risk of flooding, including information about how to protect your property.

Is my property at risk?

You can find out if your property is at risk of flooding on the GOV.UK website.

Get help during a flood

The GOV.UK website has information about how to get help during a flood, including how you can protect yourself, your family and your belongings.

Travel updates

During a flood, listen to your local radio stations for details of travel disruption.  Find out more from BBC Radio Derby, BBC Radio Sheffield or Peak FM for travel around our area.

Who co-ordinates a response to a flood event?

Derbyshire County Council is the lead local flood authority and is responsible for co‑ordinating a response by local authorities and the emergency services during a major flood event.


We provide empty sandbags (on a self-fill basis), which can be collected from Matlock Town Hall to help you prepare for flooding when warnings have been issued.  Sandbags, sand and alternative flood protection products are also available to buy from some local DIY stores.