Lincolnshire County Council must plan for, and respond to, a wide range of incidents and emergencies. in order to minimise the impact of those emergencies on the public, property and environment of Lincolnshire. This could include anything from extreme weather conditions, to an outbreak of an infectious disease, to a major transport accident.
The Health Protection Team is responsible for ensuring that effective plans and processes are in place to deal with emergencies that could affect health or patient care across Lincolnshire.
We work with NHS partners, social care providers, blue-light services and the wider resilience community to ensure that effective plans and processes are in place to protect the health of the population before, during, and after emergencies. This programme of work is referred to in the health community as emergency preparedness, resilience and response (EPRR).
Health and severe weather plans
Severe weather is one of the top risks we face in Lincolnshire and the Health Protection Team works with the resilience community to review and update the local Severe Weather Plan to ensure the health of the community is protected during weather-related emergencies. Find out more in the Lincolnshire Community Risk Register.
Additionally, the following plans are developed nationally and reviewed each year:
- Cold Weather Plan for England - gives advice to help prevent the major avoidable effects on health during periods of cold weather in England.
- Heatwave Plan for England - aims to prepare for, alert people to, and prevent, the major avoidable effects on health during periods of severe heat in England.