Emergency – Definition

An emergency is a serious situation or occurrence that happens unexpectedly and demands immediate action.

In most cases, emergencies are dealt with by the appropriate agencies including the major utilities. However, in some circumstances, such as extensive flooding, heavy snow or severe storm damage, where the arrival of emergency services could be delayed or diverted to other locations, Westerham must be prepared to rely on its own resilience.

Westerham Town Council has taken action to improve the community’s ability to help itself and the Emergency Services in an emergency. This plan is based on that developed by Kent County Council Emergency Planning.


To provide a plan of action locally that will be set in motion in the event of an emergency.


  • Identify the risks most likely to impact on the community.
  • To provide guidance for commencement of a plan in the event of an emergency.
  • To identify vulnerable people, groups, amenities and equipment.
  • To provide key contact details for community response, local volunteers, Emergency Services and other involved parties.


Westerham Emergency Plan 2020

Westerham Flood map