The Borough Council’s Emergency Planning Section works with representatives from other organisations at national, regional and local levels to ensure that emergency planning / civil protection arrangements are in place.
The Sussex Resilience Forum is a multi-agency group that works together to make Sussex a safer place for the whole community.
Locally, the emergency planning stakeholders in Crawley are co-ordinated by the Crawley Emergency Planning Liaison Group (CEPLG), which consists of key representatives from a range of agencies. The aim of the group is to ensure an effective multi-agency response to major incidents and to create an efficient and effective means of delivering a work programme across Crawley. Its responsibilities are to ensure that:
Its aim is to provide a structure to maximise effectiveness in planning for incidents/disasters across Crawley. The Resilience and Development responsibilities are:
The aim is to provide a Forum where professionals with a major interest in Emergency Planning within Crawley meet as equal partners to improve Emergency Planning preparedness across Crawley. Its responsibilities are to:
The Emergency Planning Section is part of the Chief Executives Directorate. The Emergency Planning Section works closely with its’ counterparts in the emergency services, local authorities, NHS, transport, utilities, regulatory agencies, voluntary agencies and other key players in the Borough community to safeguard its population, local infrastructure and assets.
The Emergency Planning Officer is responsible for the preparation, co-ordination and implementation of Borough Council policy, emergency plans and procedures in consultation with senior management and representatives of the various Borough Council services. Efforts are co-ordinated through regular liaison/project meetings with stakeholders on a wide range of issues.
The Emergency Planning Call Out List ensures that there is an availability to respond to major emergency calls from the emergency services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. An Emergency Planning Officer will activate and co-ordinate an appropriate Borough Council response to major incidents. Each Borough Council service has a number of Service Emergency Contact officers who can be contacted to activate a response from their service.
An External Agencies Group (Voluntary Agencies) meets quarterly to consider ongoing issues and arrangements. As the Emergency Planning Section is also involved in the local authority and voluntary agency response to incidents at Gatwick Airport, the joint meeting covers the emergency response arrangements for both Crawley Borough Council and Gatwick Airport with regards to Rest Centres.
The Group consists of representatives from British Red Cross, Emergency Planning Section, Crawley Police, Gatwick Airport, Social Services, St John Ambulance and Women's Royal Voluntary Service.
Mutual aid arrangements are in place with other local authorities, which can be instigated in the event of an incident requiring a response which exceeds the resources of the authority.
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