Find out what to do in an emergency.

An emergency can be defined as an event or situation which threatens to impact human welfare or the environment. Emergency events that could happen include:

  • Weather - floods, snow, storms ice or heat wave
  • Industrial - loss of power, heating or water; chemical or nuclear leak
  • Disease - pandemic flu or animal disease
  • Transport accident - road, rail, air or sea
  • Public safety - fire or terrorism

When an emergency occurs, the emergency services are the first to deal with the situation. Local authorities assist the emergency services in certain situations.

We've an Emergency Planning team who create and implement plans to prevent and respond to emergencies. Emergency planning aims to prevent emergencies from occurring, and if the emergencies do occur, implement plans to reduce and control the threats.

Within your area, the emergency planning service is called the Civil Contingencies Service. This is a joint service which covers Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire and Inverclyde councils.

For more information contact:

Civil Contingencies Service
Renfrewshire House
Cotton Street
Email: ccs@renfrewshire.gov.uk

Hunterston B Nuclear Power Station

A very small part of East Renfrewshire falls within the 30km Outline Emergency Planning Zone for Hunterston B Nuclear Power Station.

In the unlikely event of a radiation emergency the response will be coordinated by the emergency services, North Ayrshire Council and other responders supported by EDF Energy.

Detailed advice and information will be put out through local TV, radio, social media and updates placed on websites of individual organisations which will be coordinated by Police Scotland.

To find out more information about emergency planning for Hunterston B Nuclear Power Station visit the North Ayrshire Council website.

Out of hours emergency contact details

If you need an emergency council service out of hours or during public holidays, contact the following services:

  • Housing repairs - 0808 003 1601
  • Homelessness - 0800 052 0180
  • Roads and lighting - 0800 373 635
  • Dangerous buildings or structures - 0141 577 3556
  • Registration services - 07798 875 297 or contact Giffnock or Barrhead Police station

In Case of Emergency (ICE) number

Emergency services are trained to check for your ICE number. Carefully choose an ICE partner to put into your mobile (make it someone who knows your medical history) and save them as ICE1. 

If you wish to include more than one person save them as ICE2, ICE3, ICE4 and so on.

Last modified on 16 December 2020

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