Preparing for an emergency - Sussex Resilience Forum
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
Sussex Resilience Forum Operations Department Sussex Police Headquarters Church Lane Malling Lewes BN7 2DZ
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.