Preparing for emergencies – Local Resilience Forum
We must have clear plans to respond to emergency situations where major local disruption is likely. These situations might include:
• severe weather events like flash flooding or prolonged and heavy periods of snow,
• network power losses,
• major incidents such as a chemical spill,
• public health issues such as a flu epidemic,
• animal health incidences such as foot and mouth disease.
A major emergency requires a joint response from many organisations. The County Durham and Darlington Local Resilience Forum’s role is to make sure County Durham has robust plans in place to provide this joint response across the Durham Constabulary geographical area.
Those involved meet regularly to plan and train for emergencies, so should an emergency arise, they are best placed to provide an effective response to protect members of the public.
The following agencies are involved in the County Durham and Darlington Local Resilience Forum.
The Annual Report shows some of the work that has been done by the Local Resilience Forum.
Why have a Local Resilience Forum?
The Civil Contingencies Act (CCA) 2004 established a clear set of roles and responsibilities for all agencies involved in emergency preparation and response.
All agencies are divided into categories of response. Each category has a different set of duties.
In addition the CCA requires all agencies to:
• cooperate with each other in contingency planning,
• recognise local risks
• provide a coordinated response to emergency situation.
The community risk register
A community risk register has been set up to assess the likelihood and potential impact of a variety of situations in County Durham. The register also sets out how we can limit these risks. You can look at the risk register below: