Never say “That won’t happen to me”.
Life has a funny way of proving us wrong.
Wem Economic Forum is a joint initiative between Local Government, businesses and local community groups.
As part of its Economic Development Plan agreed in January 2018, a Working Group was set up to coordinate a Wem Area Emergency Plan with the objective of making the businesses, community groups and residents more self-resilient.
These pages are a high-level overview of Emergency Planning for Wem Town and Wem Rural Parish and are part of a suite of Emergency Planning documents produced by Wem Economic Forum.
The initiative was launched on 6 June 2019 in Wem.
Shropshire Councillor Chris Mellings, Chair of WEF Working Group
From left to right
Carole Warner (WEF Secretary and Wem Rural Parish Council Clerk) , Cllr Liz Vernon (Wem Rural Parish Council Chair), Cllr Phil Glover (Wem Town Council Mayor) and Shropshire Councillor Chris Mellings,
From left to right
Sherry Woolgrove, (Emergency Planning Officer Shropshire Council), Clerk Carole Warner, Chair Cllr Liz Vernon, Mayor Cllr Phil Glover and Shropshire Councillor Chris Mellings
Why do we need Emergency Plans?
Emergencies happen. Various hazards and threats such as extreme weather could have a big impact on you and your property. They could also affect the services you rely on, such as transport, utilities, communications, and financial services. Being prepared is the most powerful tool for dealing with emergencies. Preparing a plan in advance will help those involved, at all levels, keep calm during a stressful situation.
Whose job is it to produce Emergency Plans?
Local Resilience Forums (LRFs) are multi-agency partnerships made up of representatives from local public services, including the emergency services, local authorities, the NHS, the Environment Agency and others. These agencies are known as Category 1 Responders, as defined by the Civil Contingencies Act 2004.
LRFs are supported by organisations, known as Category 2 Responders, such as Highways England and public utility companies. They have a responsibility to co-operate with Category 1 Responders and to share relevant information with the LRF. The geographical area the forums cover is based on police areas.
LRFs also work with other partners in the military and voluntary sectors who provide a valuable contribution to LRF work in emergency preparedness.
LRFs aim to plan and prepare for localised incidents and catastrophic emergencies. They work to identify potential risks and produce emergency plans to either prevent or mitigate the impact of any incident on their local communities.
What has the LRF produced already?
The risks we face depend on where we live and work. For example, risks such as coastal flooding will be limited to specific parts of the country, while the likelihood and impact of major industrial accidents will depend upon the type of industry in an area. LRFs are required to produce a specific risk assessment that reflects, as far as possible, the unique characteristics of each area.
Our local LRF is known as the West Merica Local Resilience Forum (WMLRF) and has produced a Local Risk Register which is reviewed on a regular basis. It provides clarity on local issues to Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin Local Authority areas which have been identified as of potential impact upon the local community and environment.
WMLRF have published a West Mercia Community Risk Register (2016-2019) and is available at:
Wide scale emergencies can and do happen. The lessons learned from recent emergencies show that those communities which were prepared for emergency events were better equipped to deal with the impacts.
Why have a Community Emergency Plan?
The purpose of community resilience is to encourage people to plan and be prepared to put in place a self-help response within a community which is affected by an emergency.
Experience has shown that sometimes due to the scale and / or nature of the emergency, the normal response provided by the emergency services and the local authorities can be delayed. On these occasions anything which the local community can do to support each other will help them to deal with the emergency more effectively.
The involvement of the community to produce an effective local Community Emergency Plan is key. If you would like to be involved, please contact:
Wem Town Clerk: 01939 232733
Wem Rural Parish Clerk: 01948 710672
Wem Evacuation Plan
Following two fires at Wem Industrial Estate in September 2009 and July 2010, the Multi Agency Tactical Coordinating Group who responded to those incidents agreed that there was a need to put in place a plan to deal with an evacuation of Wem in the event of a future, similar incident resulting in air quality falling below safe levels.
Wem Evacuation Plan is owned by the Shropshire Tactical Coordinating Group (Shropshire TCG). Shropshire Council Emergency Planning Unit manages the document and initiates a regular review with an amendment process when needed.
The aim of the Plan is to provide the agencies that make up the Shropshire TCG with a framework and operational guidelines to support an evacuation of Wem
The aim of an evacuation is to ensure the movement, as safely as is reasonably practicable, of large numbers of people from Wem in the event of an incident that is likely to have adverse effects on public health, or any other incident resulting in the need to evacuate Wem.