An emergency is defined as:
- an event or situation that threatens serious damage to human welfare in the UK
- serious damage to the environment in the UK
- war or terrorism which threatens serious damage to the security of the UK.
Fortunately becoming caught up in a major emergency is rare for most people, however it is still a good idea to take certain simple precautions. The preparing for emergencies website contains practical advice on the steps you can take to help yourself and your family in the event of an emergency.
The council's Civil Contingencies Team is responsible for overseeing procedures to ensure that the council is prepared to deal with major emergencies. In an emergency the Civil Contingencies Team will work with other agencies such as the Police and the Fire Brigade to respond and to ensure a quick return to normal.
The Sussex Local Resilience Forum is responsible for coordinating the implementation of the Civil Contingencies Act in Sussex. Their website provides further information about emergency planning throughout Sussex.