There are many ways that a community can prepare for an emergency, we refer to this as Community Resilience. West Sussex County Council promote their “What If” campaign to help local communities to prepare, please do take a look via Preparing your community - West Sussex County Council

The UK Government has released their Prepare campaign which contains useful information and guidance on how you can prepare and respond to an emergency.

As a council we have a duty to provide assistance to the emergency services if a major incident is declared in Mid Sussex.

Our role is to:

  • Support the emergency services
  • Assist people who have been affected
  • Support the community during the recovery process
  • Provide public information via the media
  • Maintain essential council services

We may provide assistance in a number of ways depending on the nature of the emergency – such as:

  • A Rest Centre to provide short term temporary emergency welfare and shelter following an evacuation
  • An Emergency Control Centre to coordinate the Council’s response
  • Additional equipment and staffing to assist with the response.
  • Advice, guidance, and monitoring in relation to any environmental impacts of the emergency
  • Advice on dangerous structures

More information: 

Please take a look at the Mid Sussex emergency plan.

The Sussex resilience forum

The Sussex Resilience Forum brings together the emergency services, councils, utilities and other essential public and voluntary services in Sussex to work in partnership to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies during incidents and emergencies and to support the local community.

The SRF is responsible for coordinating and testing emergency plans and procedures so that member organisations are prepared to meet their duties specified under the Civil Contingencies Act.

Last updated: 28 May 2024