What We Do

Major emergencies do not happen very often, but when they do it's essential that the Emergency Planning Team is ready to respond, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Planning ahead is the most effective way to ensure that if emergencies do happen, they have as small an impact as possible on you and your community.

Emergencies that could affect Neath Port Talbot include: flooding, severe weather, fires, industrial accidents and outbreaks of disease including flu pandemics. Some recent examples of incidents the EPT have been involved with include the Fforestfach Fire and Gleision Mine Tragedy.

To prepare for possible emergencies across both Council’s the Emergency Planning Team:

  • Assess local risks in order to identify what we need to plan for
  • Write and review emergency plans
  • Work with other key organisations to enhance the management of an emergency
  • Ensure that Neath Port Talbot has plans in place to deliver important services to the public during an emergency
  • Share important information with local organisations to enhance emergency preparedness
  • Provide an effective 24 hour, 365 days a year service to help in the management of a major emergency.

The Emergency Planning Team help to support the emergency services and other organisations with their emergency response in a number of ways, including:

  • arranging emergency accommodation should members of the public be evacuated from their homes
  • providing emergency transport to move members of the public from the scene of an emergency to a safe location
  • co-ordinating services that the Council provides that are required as part of the emergency response
  • providing emergency information to the public