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This document provides background information and links to a number of other sources of advice and guidance. It is particularly addressed at top tier or single tier local authority Category 1 responders under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 but will be relevant to other Category 1 and 2 responders under the Act, and to the wider community. It will also be useful for owners and managers of reservoirs to use the guidance to complement their on-site planning work.