Richmondshire District Council

We're responsible, together with the county council and emergency services, for making sure arrangements are in place to deal with any civil emergency.

Effective planning for anything from flooding to a nuclear emergency ensures there is efficient and speedy management of the response to incidents between all the agencies.

Preparing for emergencies

The North Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum (NYLRF) is a partnership of local agencies working together to prepare for, respond to and recover from potential major incidents and emergencies.

The forum's website offers information and advice to help you better prepare for emergencies in the county.

For further information, email:

When a major incident happens

In an emergency, dial 999 or 112 to contact the police, fire and rescue or ambulance service. 

Other useful numbers:

  • Gas: National Grid emergency line 0800 111 999 (24 hours)
  • Electricity: Northern Powergrid 0800 66 88 77 (24 hours)
  • Water: Yorkshire Water 0345 1 24 24 24


The Environment Agency (EA) manages flooding from rivers. It issues flood warnings, operates and maintains flood defences and responds to flooding incidents. It also carries out routine maintenance work and advises planning authorities on the risk of flooding. 

You can register with the EA for free flood warnings by phone, text or email. 

For further flooding advice visit the Yorkshire Water website.

If you're affected by flooding

North Yorkshire County Council is the leading flood authority locally. The council's website gives you information on:

  • Flood recovery grants
  • Flood recovery advice and guidance
  • Latest news on flooding and recovery
  • Roads affected by flooding
  • Flood risk management

Flood Re

This is a national scheme designed to provide better access to affordable home insurance for those in high flood-risk areas.

Our leaflet will tell you more about the scheme. And a list of insurers taking part can be found at the Flood Re website

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