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Emergency situations

Details of help and advice available in an emergency situation.




Flooding and severe weather are placed either high or very high on the community risk register. Information regarding current flooding situations will be displayed on our Flooding webpage.

The Get Ready for Winter campaign is available on the Met Office website. This site provides advice on how communities and individuals can prepare for winter weather throughout the winter, the website will be updated to take account of the weather situation.

For more information on severe weather and weather warnings, please visit the Met Office website and the North Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum.

The local flood risk strategy can be found on North Yorkshire County Council's website.

Preparing for emergencies

Being prepared at home

Being prepared for major incidents and emergencies such as flooding, fire, power cuts or severe weather will help reduce the fear, anxiety, anger, cost and sense of loss that such events can bring. If you know what to do and have made simple precautions, then the impact on you and your loved ones can be drastically reduced. You may wish to have a household plan, a grab bag or even just a plan that you have discussed with your family to refer to in case of an emergency.

Community preparedness

Many communities already help each other in times of need, but experience shows that those who are prepared cope better during an emergency. Communities with local knowledge, enthusiasm and information are a great asset and a Community Emergency Plan can help.

North Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum has a simple template and assistance to produce these.


Major emergency incidents can occur in a number of ways, some of the more common being severe weather, flooding, transport accidents and industrial accidents.

The Council has experience in dealing with major emergencies affecting the local community and visitors.

The advent of the Civil Contingencies Act has confirmed the District Councils role as a category 1 responder. As such we have a number of plans in place and carry out extensive planning in conjunction with many different partner agencies such as the County Council, neighbouring councils, Environment Agency, utility companies and local communities.

Some incidents will require Local Authority Support due to their scale or nature. The Council provides a vital link between the Emergency Services, County and other District Councils and other agencies, in order to provide a co-ordinated response in the event of an emergency.


North Yorkshire County Councils Major Incident Response Team (MIRT) offers support in the aftermath of a traumatic incident to anyone affected by the event.

MIRT are a group of highly trained volunteers, who come from all backgrounds such as social care services, health and the voluntary sector. They can help provide emotional and practical support to those affected by an incident, including their friends and families. All volunteers are trained in Mental Health and Psychological First Aid, along with safeTALK and Asist skills for those bereaved by suicide.

MIRT respond to individual needs and the service is confidential.

For more information please visit https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/post-incident-support.



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Ryedale District Council
Ryedale House
Old Malton Road
Malton, North Yorkshire
YO17 7HH

Email: Contact the Council

Phone: 01653 600666

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