Who are we?
The Suffolk Resilience Forum (SRF) is a multi-agency group that provides strategic and operational guidance and support on the planning for multi-agency responses to a major incident.
The SRF is the principal mechanism for multi-agency cooperation under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 and its boundaries are based on local policing boundaries.
What do we do?
The Suffolk Resilience Forum helps to coordinate all multi-agency activity to enable our county to plan, prepare and respond to major incidents.
Definition of a major incident: An event or situation with a range of serious consequences which requires special arrangements to be implemented by one or more emergency responder agency. From: https://www.jesip.org.uk/uploads/media/app/Jesip-web-version/major.html
Our Mission Statement
Our mission is to facilitate the coordination and co-operation of Suffolk responders.
We aid in the development of integrated multi-agency response and recovery arrangements to manage the implications of natural and man-made risks in Suffolk.
Prepare for emergencies more effectively, as an individual, business, or community, by reading and sharing information.
Learn when it’s the right time to get help from our partners, including the Police, Coastguard, Fire and Ambulance Services
Some emergencies may require you to go inside and take action, such as closing all doors and windows in the house, to keep you and your family safe.
In some emergency incidents, such as severe weather, the safest option is to stay indoors with the windows and doors shut until it is safe to go outside. Prepare for this eventuality, and learn the safest places in your house to be during an emergency.
During an emergency, your local or national radio station will provide information. Keep up to date on all announcements by having a battery-operated radio close by.
You may need to administer first aid before the emergency services arrive at an incident. Learn first aid basics and where your nearest defibrillator is so you can help when it matters.
Provide a forum for the consideration of emergency response issues where there are implications for more than one organisation.
Promote agreed courses of action where mutual benefit has been identified.
Provide an opportunity for the exchange of information.
Produce an agreed countywide risk profile in the form of a Community Risk Register (CRR).
Promote a systematic, planned and coordinated approach in responder bodies to address policy issues in the following areas - Risk Planning for emergencies, Publish information about risk assessments and plans, Arrangements to warn and inform the public, Information sharing
How do we work?
The SRF is not a formal organisation nor does it have powers to direct
its members. At the highest level, the SRF provides a mechanism for Chief Officers of responder agencies to agree on the coordination, information sharing and co-operation of individual areas so that a subsequent multi-agency response and recovery is:
- Risk based.
- Embedded within individual area Business/Service Plans.
- Allocated appropriate and trained resources.
- Exercised at appropriate levels and frequency.
- Validated from an internal and external perspective.
- Flexible to respond to changing environments or emergency situations.
- Cost effective and community focused.
Detailed partnership work is undertaken via the regular fortnightly working days, ‘Working on Wednesdays’ (WOW), by all local responders and through a limited number of Working Groups. In any year changes to priorities for work are consensually agreed by the SRF.
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