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The Ayrshire Civil Contingencies team

The Ayrshire Civil Contingencies team ensures that the Council will be able to respond in the event of a major emergency.

North, South and East Ayrshire teams are a shared service known as the Ayrshire Civil Contingencies team (PDF, 44kb).  

If disaster strikes, or if emergencies develop in Ayrshire, communities will look to the Council for support and advice. The Ayrshire Civil Contingencies Team ensures that the Council will be able to respond in accordance with the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 (Contingency Planning) (Scotland) Regulations 2005.

Responsibilities include preparing contingency plans and procedures, irrespective of the nature of the emergency. The main aim is to preserve life and property. Every emergency plan sets out to:

  • mitigate the harmful effects of the emergency on the environment
  • bring about a swift return to normal life in the communities and environment affected
  • encourage all agencies and organisations to prepare for their role

The Civil Contingencies Act

The Civil Contingencies Act 2004 (Contingency Planning) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 is a framework that places several duties on local authorities to:

  • assess the risks of an emergency occurring and publish a Community Risk Register
  • prepare and maintain contingency plans to make sure we can respond to an emergency
  • co-operate with other agencies to develop multi-agency emergency response
  • warn and inform the public
  • provide advice to the public
  • prepare and maintain plans to ensure continuity of our services during emergencies
  • promote business continuity to local businesses

Organisations work in partnership to address emergency planning issues including, but not limited to:

  • Police Scotland
  • Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
  • Scottish Ambulance Service
  • NHS Ayrshire & Arran
  • HM Coastguard
  • Animal Health

How do we prepare for emergencies?

We have emergency plans for some industrial sites in the area and for emergencies such as:

Severe weather and flooding

Storms, blizzards and freezing conditions causing disruption and damage to the area, or individual communities. Our Service Alerts page will inform you of any disruption to our normal services.

Transportation accidents

Major rail incidents, spillages of dangerous goods from road tankers, marine transport incidents and aircraft incidents.

Oil pollution

Oil pollution and other toxic releases from marine incidents remains a serious threat.

Nuclear incidents

Civilian and military threats from Hunterston Nuclear Power Station and the Royal Navy submarines en-route to Faslane.

Download the Hunterston Power Station off-site contingency plan (PDF, 2.8mb).

REPPIR 2019: Radiation (Emergency Preparedness and Public Information) Regulations became UK law on 22 May 2019.  

Crowd related incidents

Threats that occur when large numbers of the public meet in one place, such as sporting events.

Industrial related incidents

An incident occurring at an industrial site in Ayrshire, or effects of incidents from a site outside of Ayrshire.

Utility facilities

Including gas, water and electricity (Scottish Power and SSE).

Outbreak of infection

Ayrshire has plans in place for pandemic flu, foot and mouth disease and rabies.

Acts of terrorism

Events indicate an increasing awareness of the possibility of terrorist attacks on the UK. The threat to Ayrshire is hard to assess. We have no specific information on the likelihood of such an attack but have reviewed our procedures.

How do we respond to emergencies?

Our response in an emergency is of paramount importance. It requires an integrated and co-ordinated approach.

The Civil Contingencies Plan outlines management and operational arrangements which will direct our response. The Plan follows guidance from the Cabinet Office. Known as Integrated Emergency Management it focuses on the consequences rather than the cause.   

Prepare for and deal with emergencies

Find out more on the Ready Scotland website.

Contact Civil Contingencies Team




01292 270463


Ayrshire Civil Contingencies Team, Building 372, Alpha Freight Area, Robertson Road, Glasgow Prestwick Airport, Prestwick, KA9 2PL