Who deals with emergencies

The immediate response to a major incident is carried out by the emergency and health services. Local authorities – county, district and borough councils – support the community and help get everything back to normal.

Our East Sussex Resilience and Emergencies Partnership Team works together with other organisations identified by the Civil Contingencies Act.

Category One organisations – emergency services, councils, primary and acute care trusts

We are a Category One responder organisation under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004. These assess risk of an emergency in the area, identify priorities to develop plans, organise training and emergency exercises, develop ways to warn and inform the public, and plan how to continue providing critical services.

Local authority teams:

  • provide physical and emotional support to local residents
  • support and co-ordinate the voluntary sector response
  • co-ordinate recovery once the initial emergency is over
  • arrange transport, temporary accommodation and food in the event of evacuation
  • keep council services running as normally as possible
  • promote business continuity in the community and with voluntary organisations.

For more details see the guidance for councillors below, and the district and borough council websites.

Other Category One organisations are:

Category Two organisations – utilities, transport, other health

These organisations have a duty to co-operate with each other and with Category One organisations.

  • Utility companies (incl. gas, phone, electricity and water)
  • Ports and transport providers
  • NHS England
  • Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs)

Sussex Resilience Forum

We are part of the Sussex Resilience Forum working with local organisations to plan and improve our joint response to emergencies. This includes maintaining the Community Risk Register and other documents.

UK resilience information for emergency practitioners is at Public safety and emergencies – GOV.UK.