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Emergency Response

Council’s Role During an Emergency

The Council works in conjunction with a range of government and voluntary agencies in times of major emergencies.

The Emergency Services and Flood Agencies are normally the first responders at an incident and they would request assistance from the Council when required.

The Police (PSNI) would be the lead agency in many situations where there is a risk to life.

During the recovery phase of a major emergency, the Council may provide support in a number of ways including making buildings such as leisure and community centres available to people for emergency shelter, provide health and safety advice on cleaning up after major flooding or pollution, assess major structural damage to buildings, and coordinate the recovery operations with other government agencies.


The Council is not responsible for the provision of sandbags and the public are advised to contact the Flooding Incident Line by telephoning: 0300 2000 100.