If you come across an accident or emergency in the first instance, always go to most relevant emergency service or agency for assistance:
An emergency is something that needs special arrangements to deal with it. They can occur on a small or large scale, and can happen at any time. For example:
The main function of North Devon Council during the initial stages of a major emergency is to maintain normal council services, whilst still providing support to the emergency services.
As the incident develops and moves into the recovery stage, the local authority will begin to take more of a leading role. This is likely to have several phases, spread over a short, medium and long term, depending on the type of incident. For example: