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Councils' role in an emergency

Adur & Worthing Councils and the the emergency services

For emergencies during office hours please phone 01903 239999
For emergencies outside of office hours please phone 07713 889 128

Adur & Worthing Councils, as Category 1 Responders under the Civil Contingencies Act, have a role to support the emergency services in an emergency. Where an emergency has occurred they also have a duty to provide aid to neighbouring boroughs and districts.

The Police, Fire and Rescue Service, and the Ambulance Service deal with emergencies every day that do not require involvement of the local authority, however, we have to be prepared to respond to a call for assistance from the emergency services at any time. It is a requirement under the Civil Contingencies Act for the Local Authority to have Business Continuity plans in place to continue, as far as is reasonably practical, our services during a major emergency.

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Councils' emergency plans

For our up to date documents and emergency plans please see:

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The Civic Contingencies Act

The Civic Contingencies Act and accompanying non-legislative measures, delivers a single framework for civil protection in the United Kingdom capable of meeting the challenges of the twenty-first century. The Act is separated into two substantive parts, local arrangements for civil protection (Part 1) and emergency powers (Part 2).

Further information on the Civic Contingencies Act can be found on the GOV.UK website.

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What is a major emergency?

A major emergency is defined in the Civic Contingencies Act as:

  • An event or situation which threatens serious damage to human welfare in a place in the United Kingdom
  • An event or situation which threatens serious damage to the environment of a place in the United Kingdom
  • War, or terrorism, which threatens serious damage to the security of the United Kingdom

These emergencies can be natural disasters such as flooding, storms and pollution, or other events such as major road traffic collisions, unexploded bombs, suspect packages or acts of terrorism.

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Community Risk Register - Sussex Resilience Forum

Each year, the Government reassess the risks to the Country and advise the Emergency Services and other responders under the Civic Contingencies Act of the results.

Locally in Sussex the Sussex Resilience Forum produces a Risk Register for Sussex, based on the national document that details the major risks to Sussex and what is being done to reduce these risks.

For more information see:

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