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 have 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
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.