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The Sussex Resilience Forum (SRF) is a multi-agency partnership whose members have statutory responsibilities under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004, to work together to prepare, respond to and recover from emergencies and major incidents.

A major incident is a widely used term recognised nationally and locally within the SRF and is defined as:

“An event or situation with a range of serious consequences which requires special arrangements to be implemented by one or more emergency responder agency”


The Sussex Resilience Forum consists of members from the Emergency Services, National Health Service / Public Health England, Local Authorities, Environment Agency and Military and other government representatives, with comprehensive support from the Voluntary Sector coming together with the principle aim of ‘Making Sussex a Safer Place’  

The SRF Executive Committee meets tri-annually to discuss SRF activities and set the strategic direction. 

Preparing for emergencies is part of the day-to-day job. This involves:

  • Risk assessments to assess the type of hazards that might affect Sussex.
  • Preparing plans to address different types of emergencies.
  • Training and exercises to test the plans and keep staff up to date.

Contact the Forum

By post:

Sussex Resilience Forum
Operations Department
Sussex Police Headquarters
Church Lane

By email:

Sussex Resilience Forum plans

Plans are written and exercised in order to provide an effective and timely multi-agency response from SRF members and other organisations.

  • The Sussex Emergency Response and Recovery
  • The Mass Casualties Plan
  • The Mass Fatalities Plan
  • The Resilient Communications Plan
  • The Sussex Major Maritime Emergency Plan
  • The Recovery Plan
  • The COMAH Off-site Emergency Plan for Gatwick Airport Storage and Hydrant Company Limited Fuel Farm
  • The Animal Diseases plan
  • The Major Accident Hazard Pipelines Plan
  • The Sussex Resilience Forum Gridlock Plan

Community Risk Register

The Civil Contingencies Act (2004) places a legal duty on the wide range of responders to carry out risk assessments and maintain them in a Community Risk Register.

The assessment of the risks in Community Risk Register is the first step in the emergency planning process; it ensures that planning and other work is carried out in proportion to the risk.

A risk register for Sussex has been published which highlights potential hazards in our area. It does not assess every single risk, instead focusing on those that are most likely to happen and the impact these would have across the county.

Following the recent publication of the new National Risk Assessment the Sussex Resilience Forum Risk and Horizon Scanning Working Group is reviewing and updating the Community Risk Register.

In the meantime if you have any questions or concerns regarding a specific risk please email the Resilience Forum at: and we will endeavour to respond.

Download our Community Information on Risks in Sussex documents below.

This aims to help you think about what you can do to be better prepared for emergencies which could affect your homes, communities and businesses. It includes information on our top risks.

Please also see the link to the National Community Risk Register 2017 edition.

We have produced two documents to help you understand the risks in our area.

Download our Community Information on Risks in Sussex document

This has detailed information which aims to help you think about what you can do to be better prepared for emergencies which could affect your homes, communities and businesses. It includes information on our top risks.

Our SRF Information for Communities is a shorter version which may be more suitable for those who want a less detailed overview.

Sussex Resilience Forum partners

The Civil Contingencies Act divides responding organisations into two categories. We are also supported by the voluntary sector.

Category 1 Responders

Emergency services

  • East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service
  • West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service
  • Maritime & Coastguard Agency
  • South East Coast Ambulance Service
  • Sussex Police
  • British Transport Police

Health organisations

  • Brighton & Hove Primary Care Trust
  • Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust
  • NHS England
  • South Downs Health NHS Trust
  • Public Health England
  • Sussex Partnership NHS Trust
  • Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust
  • World Health Organisation

Local authorities

  • Adur & Worthing District Council
  • Arun District Council
  • Brighton and Hove City Council
  • Chichester District Council
  • Crawley Borough Council
  • East Sussex County Council
  • Eastbourne Borough Council
  • Hastings District Council
  • Horsham District Council
  • Lewes District Council
  • Mid-Sussex District Council
  • Rother District Council
  • Wealden District Council
  • West Sussex County Council


  • Environment Agency

Category 2 responders

These organisations are less likely to be involved in the core planning work but may be heavily involved in incidents.

  • Gatwick Airport
  • Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
  • Transport – Highways Agency, Network Rail, bus companies, train operating companies
  • Utilities – gas, electricity, water, sewerage, public communication providers
  • Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Coastal West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Crawley Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Hastings and Rother Clinical Commissioning Group
  • High Weald Lewes Havens Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Horsham and Mid Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Queen Victoria Foundation NHS Trust

Voluntary sector

  • Age UK
  • Action Deafness
  • Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB)
  • Neighbourhood Watch - Sussex
  • Sussex Community Search Team
  • Salvation Army
  • Samaritans
  • St Johns Ambulance
  • Sussex 4x4 Response
  • Victim Support
  • Volunteer England
  • Cruse
  • PDSA
  • Counselling Directory

Preparing for an emergency: how you can help yourself

What to do in an emergency

There are important differences among potential emergencies that will affect the decisions you make and the actions you take.

In an emergency, if you are not involved in the incident, but are close by or believe you may be in danger, the best advice is to go inside a safe building (close windows, turn off any air-conditioning or ventilation equipment), stay inside until you are advised to do otherwise, and tune in to local radio or TV for information.

  • Make sure 999 has been called if people are injured or if there is a threat to life.
  • Do not put yourself or others in danger.
  • Follow the advice of the emergency services.
  • Try to remain calm and think before acting.
  • Try to reassure others.

Emergency responders may not immediately be able to provide information on what is happening and what you should do. However, you should watch TV, listen to the radio or check the internet often for official news and instructions as they become available.

Your home

Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as making an emergency kit and developing a family emergency plan, are the same for both a natural or man-made emergency.

Download our booklet to find out more - Preparing for Emergencies

Your community

Talk to your neighbours about how you can work together during an emergency and consider preparing a Community Emergency PlanExternal Link

Your business

Businesses can be affected by a whole number of issues including loss of utilities, loss of IT systems and extreme weather. The Business Continuity ToolkitExternal Link could help you recover from a crisis.