Civil Protection Unit

Under the requirements of the Civil Contingencies Act 2004, the emergency services and the council have specific legal duties to plan for and respond to civil emergencies in the borough. The council also has a legal duty to prepare, test and exercise business continuity plans for its core public essential services so that these services can be maintained during major emergencies. 

Emergency Planning/Contingency Planning in London is delivered by contingency planning teams across all category 1 responders. These include the Metropolitan Police, London Fire Brigade Emergency Planning Authority, London Ambulance Service Emergency Planning Resilience and Response and all 33 London boroughs.

The Tower Hamlets Civil Protection Unit produce, maintain, review and update the council’s generic Major Emergency Plan and a number of specific emergency plans.

Emergency plans are regularly reviewed and exercised with any post incident learning points applied to further plan updates

An overview on emergency planning in Tower Hamlets and how we link into the pan London arrangements can be found in a short guide to Emergency Planning in Tower Hamlets.

Please see the section on business continuity for information and assistance on writing a business continuity plan.

Further information